Cultural History of Slovene place

This course is part of the programme
Bachelor's study programme Cultural history (1st level)

Objectives and competences

Student is acquainted with the history of the great cultural-historical epochs, which marked and spiritually formed the Slovene space. By identifying differences and linkages among them, the student is familiarized with the issue of civilizational continuity and discontinuity and with the strategies of accepting initiatives from abroad. Similarly, one gets acquainted with the contribution of Slovenes and other inhabitants of Slovenian place to the European culture. In the 2nd academic year the emphasis of the subject is on the overview, while in the 4th year particularly significant chapters are elucidated.


The subject refers to the following subjects: Culture of the Feudal Society, Economic History, The World Wars of the 20th Century, Culture of Regions and Border Spaces, Europe in the Age of Revolutions, Legal History, History of Historiography, Cultural Heritage in Historical Perspective.


The aim of the subject is to acquaint the students with basic features of cultural and intellectual history in the Slovene place from the Classical Antiquity and the Middle Ages to including the 20th Century. They are also familiarized with crucial movements that decisively marked spiritual and historical shifts in Europe (the »schools« of classical world, Carolingian Renaissance, Renaissance, Reformation, Age of Enlightenment, Romanticism, Realism-Naturalism, Fin de Siècle, Avantgardisms, »ressentiments«).
By comparing the situations in other European countries (border countries in particular) the students should independently expose emphases of historical events and processes in the Slovene lands. At the same time they should in no lesser extent point out the meaning of cultural and intellectual initiatives from abroad and draw attention to various strategies of accepting impulses from broader civilizational environments. In the chapters, dedicated to the Modern history, it is necessary to demonstrate gradual European cultural/intellectual opening to other civilizational circles (particularly to the Islamic, Indian and Chinese).
The students attending the subject are trained to carry out an independent research in the field of intellectual and cultural history (with seminar papers). They are also acquainted with a huge variety of sources, that enable analysis of this problem field (language, literature, music, visual arts, philosophical studies, theoretic and ideological texts).
The subject provides an overview of crucial events in the Classical Antiquity, the Middle Ages, the era of civilization of Renaissance (Humanism, Renaissance in the strict sense, Reformation), Baroque and Age of Enlightenment.

Intended learning outcomes

Students understand the connection between Slovenian lands and currents in Central Europe and Mediterranean through various points of history. They will become capable of an individual research work based on sources concerning different historical domains. They will also gain an insight in different specialties of history and a synthetic overview of the development of structures and relationships.


Relevant literature for any particular or significant issue is specified at the lectures. At the seminar work, which is an integral part of a study process, there is an emphasis on archival documents, and material kept in the libraries and museums.

Basic Literature:

• A. Hauser, Socialna zgodovina umetnosti in literature I–II. Cankarjeva založba, Ljubljana, 1961 – 1962.
• M. Perry, An Intellectual History of Modern Europe. Houghton Mifflin Company, Boston (od 1992 dalje).
• P. Watson, The Modern Mind. An Intellectual History of the 20th Century. Weinfeld & Nicolson (2000), HarperCollins, New York (od 2002 dalje).
• W. M. Johnston, The Austrian Mind. An Intellectual and Social History 1848–1938. University of California Press (od 1972 dalje).
• H. Bloom, Zahodni kanon. Knjige in šola vseh dob. Literarno-umetniško društvo Literatura, Ljubljana, 2003.
• P. Simoniti, Humanizem na Slovenskem in slovenski humanisti do srede XVI. Stoletja. Slovenska matica, Ljubljana, 1979.
• I. Grdina, Od Brižinskih spomenikov do razsvetljenstva. Založba Obzorja, Maribor, 1999.
• I. Grdina, Vladarji, lakaji, bohemi. Studia humanitatis, Ljubljana, 2001.


Seminar paper and oral exam.

Lecturer's references

Prof. ddr. Igor Grdina is Full Professor of Slovenian Literature and Full Professor of Cultural History.

He was a visiting professor at the University of Vienna (2 semesters) and a guest lecturer at the Universities of Tübingen, Graz, Klagenfurt, Maribor, and Koper. He attended about 20 scientific conferences (in Slovenia, Moscow, Kőszeg, Szeged, Rime in Prague) and organized a series of prominent scientific conferences in Slovenia, including »On the Peaks and in the Hollows of the Balkans: War in SouthEastern Europe from the Middle Ages to the Third Reich« (Kobarid,
2011) Participants: Hew Strachan, Lothar Höbelt, Pavlina Bobič, Sean McKnigt, Matthias Strohn, Peter Lieb, Renato Podbersič, Andrej Rahten, Andreja Valič, and »Eliminationism and Emancipation« (Maribor, 2012) Participants: Peter Zajac, Eva Kowalska, Kontantin Nikiforov, Kornelijus Platelis, Pavlina Bobič, Andrej Rozman, Petra Testen, Niko Jež, Neža Zajc.

Selected bibliography:
• Grdina, I. Od Brižinskih spomenikov do razsvetljenstva. Obzorja, 1999.
• Grdina, I.. Od rodoljuba z dežele do meščana, (Studia humanitatis, Apes, 13). Studia humanitatis, 1999.
• Grdina, I. Ipavci : zgodovina slovenske meščanske dinastije. ZRC SAZU, 2001.
• Grdina, I. Vladarji, lakaji, bohemi, (Studia humanitatis, Apes, 13 bis). Studia humanitatis, 2001.
• Grdina, I. Poti v zgodovino. Založba ZRC, ZRC SAZU, 2003.
• Grdina, I. Slovenci med tradicijo in perspektivo : politični mozaik 1860-1918. Študentska založba, 2003.
• Grdina, I. Preroki, doktrinarji, epigoni : idejni boji na Slovenskem v prvi polovici 20. stoletja. ICK, 2005.
• Grdina, I. Med dolžnostjo spomina in razkošjem pozabe : kulturnozgodovinske študije. ZRC SAZU, 2006.
• Grdina, I., Erjavec, T., Bojadžiev, D., Ogrin, M. (ur.). Brižinski spomeniki = Monumenta Frisingensia. ZRC SAZU, 2007.
• Grdina, I. Moč umetnosti in sila politike. ICK, 2007.
• Grdina, I., Ura kirasirjev: tri študije o Stendhalovi umetnosti romana (Zbirka Zbiralnik, 19). Inštitut za civilizacijo in kulturo - ICK, 2013.
• Grdina, I., Iz biedermeierskega albuma, (Zbirka Zbiralnik, 22). Inštitut za civilizacijo in kulturo - ICK, 2014.
• Grdina, I., Muze in pepel: tri študije o vojnem ustvarjanju (Zbirka Zbiralnik, 23). ICK - Inštitut za civilizacijo in kulturo, 2014.