|Course Title||The Eentente and Aaustria-Hungary During the First World War 1914-1918|
|Institution||St.Kliment Ohridski University of Sofia|
I. THE AIMS OF THE COURSE
II. ROLE OF THE COURSE IN THE OVERALL DEGREE CURRICULUM
The course will discuss some aspects of the First World War and especially those relating to Central Europe in the wartime policy of the Great Powers. This course will be offered to students in their 3rd year of academic education (Summer semester).
Such a course has never been taught in the Department of Modern and Contemporary history. Traditionally, the topics which are the subject of discussion, comprise the period of 18th and 19th centuries. This course will be important for students because it refers to the change of political map of Central Europe (disintegration of Austria-Hungary, establishment of new states in its place) which reflected the historical fate of this region in the subsequent years. Thus, the students will obtain knowledge for discussing matters concerning the Paris Peace Conference.
III. METHODS USED
The course will include not only lectures and discussions, but also the presentation of course work written by students. Since most of the Bulgarian students have knowledge of English and use Internet, they will meet not difficulties in finding materials for preparing their written presentations.
The discussions will comprise analysis of documents related to the topic, thus the students will get more experience in obtaining information from published documents.
The course will finish with a written and oral exam.
IV. COURSE CONTENT
1. Introduction (1st week)
The course will begin with an outline of the formation of the two military-political alliances in Europe - the Entente and the Central powers. The international factors which contributed to the formation of these two alliances must be mentioned.
2. Prewar relations between Austria-Hungary and the Entente (2nd week)
3. The first years of the world conflict (1914-1916) (3rd week).
4. The relations between the USA and the Dual monarchy (1914- December 1917) (4th and 5th week).
5. Propaganda of the oppressed nationalities(Czechs, Poles, Yugoslavs) in the capitals of the Entente, in Italy, and in the USA(6th and 7th week).
6. The USA, the Entente and Austria-Hungary during the last years of the war(1917-1918)(8th and 9th week)
7. Disintegration of the Habsburg empire (Summer - Autumn 1918)(10th week)
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