Department of Modern and Contemporary History of Foreign Countries

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In 1996, Professor Mykhailo Shvahuliak (an alumnus of the Department of Modern and Contemporary History) was elected Chairperson of the Department. Previously, Prof. Shvahuliak had already become a leading specialist at the Institute of Ukrainian Studies at the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine. The latter half of the 1990s saw the appearance of a young generation of scholars and lecturers at the Department represented by Docent Andriy Kozytskyi (since 1997) and Docent Zoya Baran (since 1999). Docent Baran also serves as Associate Dean for educational issues. In 2002, Nataliya Turmys, Ihor Mraka (until 2006) and Bohdan Chuma (till 2014) joined the Department. Uliana Uska (till 2004) joined the Department in 2003. Ruslan Siromskyi (Docent since 2009) has been part of the Department since 2005. In 2007-2008 the Candidate of Historical Sciences Oksana Hodovanska taught at the Department.

After Prof. Shvahuliak’s decision to step down, Prof., Doctor of Historical Sciences Stepan Kacharaba, a researcher of the history of Ukrainian emigration, was elected Head of the Department on July 1st, 2008. In the same year, Lesia Kupyn, a graduate of the Faculty of History and later a post-graduate student of the Department, took up the position of a secretary. After she had left her position to work as an editor of the “Encyclopedia of Lviv University”, the position was taken over by Mariana Hladun (2009-2010). Since 2010, Nataliya Kishovar (until 2010) and Olena Poleshchuk (since 2014) have worked as secretaries at the Department. In 2011, Nazar Vaskiv joined the Department as junior lecturer. In 2014, Bohdana Sypko and Marta Yaremko also joined the Department team.

 Courses:

At different times, the Department trained historians within the following programs: ” Modern and Contemporary History of Western Countries,” “History of the Orient,” “Early Modern and Contemporary History of Europe and America,” “History of International Relations.” During the second half of the 1990s, two academic workshops (dealing with early modern and contemporary history, as well as history of international relations) were conducted at the Department. However, since the academic year 2000-2001, the Department has offered only one program – ” Modern and Contemporary History.” Within the program lecturers of the Department teach seminars for students of the 2nd-5th years of the Faculty of History. The lecturers of the Department teach the following general courses to the students of the Faculty of History: “History of Western Europe and North America of the late 15th – early 19th centuries,” “Higher Education in Ukraine and the Bologna Process,” “Global Transformations and the Ukrainian Priorities: A Historical Perspective” (Docent Z. Baran), “History of Western Europe and North America of the late 19th – early 20th centuries,” “European Societies and States in World History” (Candidate of Historical Sciences B. V. Sypko), “History of Western Europe and America in the first half of the 20th century,” “Social and Political Trends and Movements in Europe in the 19th – 20th centuries” (Docent R. B. Siromskyi); “History of Western Europe and North America of the second half of the 20th and early 21st centuries,” “Ukrainians in the World” (Prof. S. P. Kacharaba); “History of the Orient in the 16th – early 20th centuries” (Docent M. Ye. Rozhyk); “Current Issues of the History of Foreign Countries” (Docent S. P. Movchan); “Contemporary History of the Orient,” “History of International Relations” (Docent A. M. Kozytskyi). The lecturers of the Department teachat the Faculty of Philosophy (Political Science major) “Contemporary World History” (Docent R. B. Siromskyi); at the Faculty of Foreign Languages: “History of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland” (Docent Z. A. Baran), “History, Culture and Geography of France” (Docent S. P. Movchan), “History, Culture and Geography of Germany” (Candidate of Historical Sciences N. A. Vaskiv); at the Faculty of Philosophy (Cultural Studies major) and the Faculty of Chemistry: “The Cultural and National Phenomenon of Lviv” (Docent A. M. Kozytskyi).

Special courses taught: “Ukrainian Emigration in Europe and America in the Late 19th – the First Third of the 20th Centuries” (Prof. S. P. Kacharaba); “Source Studies of Modern and Contemporary History,” “Systems of European States in the 17th – 21st centuries” (Docent M. Ye. Rozhyk); “Origin and Development of International Organizations (1919–2012 ),” “National Liberation Movements in Latin America” (Docent S. P. Movchan); “National minorities of Canada in the Policies of the Federal Government (1945–2012),” “History of Separatist Movements in Western Countries of the second half of the 20th – early 21st centuries” (Docent R. B. Siromskyi); “Muslim Community in the Public and Political Life of the Fifth Republic,” “Franco-Algerian Relations in 1830-2012” (Candidate of Historical Sciences B. V. Sypko); “Policy of the Yugoslavian Government in Exile during the Second World War (1941–1945)” (Candidate of Historical Sciences M. V. Yaremko).

The beginnings of the study of general / world history at the University of Lviv date back to 1784. In 1869 increasing attention to the history of Austria and the lands that were part of the Habsburg Monarchy led to the establishment of separate Department of Austrian history. During the First World War, the activities of the Department of Austrian History were suspended, and its existence became irrelevant after the collapse of the Austro-Hungarian state. In 1920, the Department of Modern General History was established. In 1940, the Department of Modern History was opened. In 1972, the “Department of Modern History” was renamed into the “Department of Modern and Contemporary History” and since 2010 it has been known as the “Department of Modern and Contemporary History of Foreign Countries”. On July 1, 2008, Professor Stepan Kacharaba, a researcher in the field of history of Ukrainian emigration, became the new head of the Department. After he was elected the Dean of the Faculty, Associate Professor Zoya Baran, a researcher in the field of history of Poland and Polish-Ukrainian relations has been the head of the Department. In recent the teachers the Department published of a number of textbooks, manuals and monographs. All teachers of the department took an active part in writing an encyclopedic guide to world history: “World History of 20–21 centuries. Encyclopedic Dictionary” edited by Ihor Pidkova and Roman Shust (Lviv, 2019, 2021).

Employees

ChairpersonZoya BaranChairperson
Associate ProfessorAndrii KozytskyiAssociate Professor
Associate Professor (by-worker)Ruslan SiromskyiAssociate Professor (by-worker)
Associate ProfessorBohdana SypkoAssociate Professor
Associate ProfessorNataliia TurmysAssociate Professor
Associate ProfessorNazar VaskivAssociate Professor
Senior Department Secretary, Lecturer (by-worker)Hanna-Melaniya TychkaSenior Department Secretary, Lecturer (by-worker)

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Syllabus – The Greek Catholic Church (lecturer – Doctor of History, Professor S. P. Kacharaba)

Syllabus –  History of Western Europe and North America in the second half of 20th – early 21st centuries (lecturer – Doctor of History, Prof. S. P. Kacharaba)

Syllabus –  Ukrainians in the World (lecturer – Doctor of History, Prof. S. P. Kacharaba)

European societies and states in world history (lecturer – Candidate of History, lecturer, B.V. Sypko)

History of Western Europe and North America in the 19th – early 20th centuries (lecturer – Candidate of History, lecturer B.V. Sypko)

Seminars 1-3 in the History of Western Europe and North America in the 19th – early 20th centuriesMuslim community in public and political life of the Fifth Republic (lecturer – Candidate of History, lecturer B.V. Sypko)

Syllabus “World History” for students of Sociology (lecturer – Candidate of History, Docent N. A. Vaskiv)

Research

The Department offers a post-graduate program in World History. Thirty dissertations have been defended over the whole period. Since the 1990s, a number of students of the Department have defended their theses: V. V. Adadurov, A. V. Bolianovskyi, V. V. Kushnir, B. P. Chuma, I. B. Mraka, R. B. Siromskyi, M. І. Havryshko, N. А. Vaskiv, B. V. Sypko.

Main Focus of Research: emigration from Western Ukraine in the late 19th – early 20 centuries (S. Kacharaba), social history of the USA in the American research periodicals (M. Rozhyk); Ukrainian historiography of the issues of contemporary history of Western countries (S. Movchan); Galician Oriental Studies in the interwar period (A. Kozytskyi); Polish politics in Galicia in the 1920s -30s (Z. Baran); the financial policy of the Austrian government in Galicia (1867–1914) (N. Turmys); the ‘Ukrainian’ question in the social and political thought of Canada (1945–1991) (R. Siromskyi); the ‘Jewish question’ in Galicia in the end of the19th – early 20th centuries (N. Vaskiv), the Muslim community of the Fifth Republic (B. Sypko), the policy of the Royal government of Yugoslavia during the Second World War (M. Yaremko).

The Department’s recent activity has resulted in the publication of a number oftextbooks on modern history of Western Europe, America and the countries of the Orient authored by its lecturers:

“Contemporary History of Western Europe and North America. 1918–1945. (Z. Baran, H. Kyparenko, S. Movchan, M. Shvahuliak (ed.). Lviv, 2005); “Contemporary History of Asia and Africa” (A. Kozytskyi. Lviv, 2005); Practical course “History of Early Modern Western Europe and North America”. For students of the Faculties of History. Part 1. (Z. Baran. Lviv, 2006), “History of Western Europe and America in the second half of the 20th – early 21st centuries.” Practical course for students of the Faculty of History. (R. Siromskyi. Lviv, 2008); “Contemporary History of Western Europe and North America (1945 – early 21st c.)” (Z. Baran, H. Kyparenko, А. Kozytskyi, S. Movchan, R. Siromskyi, M. Shvahuliak (ed.). Lviv, 2011).

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