Imre Kertész Kolleg Jena
an der Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena
Prof. Dr. Joachim von Puttkamer, Dr. Michal Kopecek
14.06.2018-15.06.2018 Jena, Rosensäle
(Fürstengraben 27, 07743 Jena)
The focus of this seminar will be the decline and fall of communism in three countries which experienced revolutionary change in 1989. It is not to soon to begin examining these events as historians. We will be interested in the following questions: what was the communist system? Why did people oppose it (or support it)? what is a revolution, and was there one in 1989? what are the roles of various factors in that revolution?
This course will explore the history of Central Europe during the last century. For our purposes, Central Europe will encompass the countries of Germany, Austria, Poland, Hungary and Czechoslovakia. One of the goals of the course will be to try and figure out the political, cultural and economic links between these nations, and to think about the ways in which their pasts intertwine. The general approach of the course will be regional and comparative rather than national.