Historian as a Priest or a Craftsman? History in Europe Through Centuries

European Cultures
Przemysław Wiszewski, PhD
Number of hours: 
2h X 15 weeks = 30 hours (1 semester)

- passing the knowledge about the main tendencies in presenting past by European historians
- stimulating abilities to discuss and analyse typical discourses of past
- encouraging students to construct their own narratives about close past with the help of professionals’ opinions and historical sources.


Total number of ECTS points is added after completion of the course, i.e. passing exam, writing an essay, taking active part in discussions, preparing common project.


One knows examples of official and popular narratives about the past, is able to analyse historical sources and construct on that basis simple statements concerning past of cultures.


Antic Beginnings of European Historiography
Theology, Leisure and the Past. Diversity of Medieval Approach toward History
Global and (early) National Histories – Middle Ages and Renaissance
Between Rome and Wittenberg. Historical Visions of Europe in Early Modern Times
Regions and Kingdoms as Narrative Frameworks of Modern European Historiography?
The 18th c. Breakdown of Histriographical Tradition?
Philosophy and History – Systems and Historical Laws
Critical Historiography of the 19th c.
Period of Europe’s Disruption? Nations and Histories in the 20th c.
Post-modern or Non-classical Historiography – Did or Does it Exist?
Writing History Today – Why?

After completion of the cours student
- knows basics about changes in historical narratives’ fashion in Europe since middle ages till nowadays;

- knows the role historical narratives played in European cultures

- knows fundamental works and historians shaping European historiography in the 19th-21st c.

- is able to critically analyse historical narratives by putting them in contemporary cultural, political and social context 

- is able to distinguish between informative and persuasive layers in historical narratives

- is able to use historical arguments in analysing contemporary events
- facilitates communication between representative of different groups by explaining construction of historical  argumentation used in respective argumentation

- takes part in strengthening social cohesion by creation official historical narratives fitting other men culture without biasing or deforming facts.