National Symbols in Central-Eastern-Europe  

Model of Coexistence in Central Europe: The Austro-Hungarian Monarchy (1848 -1918) 

Everyday Life Under Socialism 

National Capitals in East-Central Europe 


Andras Gero 

Central European University 

Department of History, Fall Semester 98/99, Tuesdays 13:40 - 15:20 

National Symbols in Central-Eastern-Europe 

2 CR 

Aims of course: This seminar course will focus on the establishing of national symbols in Central-Eastern-Europe and their changes under and after socialism as well. The course wants to achieve a better understanding of national-emotional identification of different nations in the area using the method of historical anthropology. 

Methods: Each week will have its own nation and nationality. One or two students will give a presentation on the base of the given dimension through a certain logical-historical schedule. The shared presentation has to be no more than one hour. The concept of presentation has to be delivered to the other students. After the presentation there will be no more than 30 minutes for questions and remarks. 

Requirements: there won't be common reading. Each student has to give a presentation and to prepare the concept of presentation in written form. 


Class activity 40% 
Presentation 60% 


Coat of Arms 
Money - self-representation 
National animals 
Place of "Grandeur" and "Gloire" 
Father or Mother of nation 
National Landscape 

Each Dimension has to be represented through the questions: 

How the given symbol was "established"? 
How did it change under the socialism? 
What has happened after the collapse of socialism?