Doctoral School of History


Chair: Prof. Sándor Papp DSc
Institute of History
H–6722 Szeged, Egyetem u. 2., Hungary
Phone: (+36 62) 544 151, Phone/Fax: (+36 62) 544 464
E-mail: toriroda@hist.u-szeged.hu , papps@hist.u-szeged.hu

Web: http://www.arts.u-szeged.hu/tdi/

 

Assistant Chair: Prof. Gyula Wojtilla DSc
Faculty of Arts, Department of Ancient History
H–6722 Szeged, Egyetem u. 2., Hungary
Phone: (+36 62) 546 383
E-mail: wojtilla@antiq.u-szeged.hu

 

Co-operating Institutions
Csongrád County Archive, Szeged

University of Pécs
Department of Medieval and Early Modern History

Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest
Institute of History (Medieval Department)

Loránd Eötvös University, Faculty of Arts, Budapest
Department of Ancient History
Institute of Oriental Studies


Application procedure


  • Application requirements: language proficiency level certified by internationally accredited language examination (TOEFL/IELTS/GRE/Other)
  • Application deadline: February
  • Application fee: 150 EUR
  • Registration fee: 200 EUR
  • Tuition fee: 3500 EUR/4200 USD
  • Entrance examination fee: 250 EUR


For further information please contact:

Prof. László J. Nagy DSc,
Faculty of Arts, Department of Modern World History and Mediterranean Studies
Phone: +36-62-544-805
toriroda@hist.u-szeged.hu
Website: www.u-szeged.hu/doctoral

 

The Doctoral School of History held the title of “Place of Excellence” from 2006 for three years.
At the Attila József University of Szeged (predecessor of the University of Szeged) the History (Medieval Studies) PhD Programme was accredited in 1994 as type A. This was joined by the B type programme titled ”History of the Western Mediterranean and the Hispanic World in the 19–20th Centuries”. The ”Antiquity” programme was launched in 2001.

 

Since then the PhD programme embraces three study programmes:

1. Ancient Studies,

2. Medieval Studies,

3. Modern History (Modern and Contemporary History).


The PhD School in its present form gained accreditation in 2002.

The Ancient Studies Programme focuses on teaching languages of sources (Latin, Greek, and Sanskrit) and emphasises the use of philological methods. Within the programme research of the history of the South-Eastern-Asia and Rome is nationally and internationally acknowledged. As the programme has been accredited since 2001, no PhD thesis has been defended yet in the framework of the program. Participants of the program can rely on high quality library facilities.
The Medieval Studies Programme of Attila József University was the first to gain accreditation in 1994. Since then it has reached nation-wide and international reputation because of the high level of qualification. So far 28 PhD theses have been defended in the framework of the programme. Biennially a conference is held especially for the students of the programme, so they can present their recent research topics (the presentations of these conferences were published each time, which means 6 books already). Participants of the programme are provided with separate research room and equipment (computer, Xerox-machine, etc.). Appropriate library facilities are also available.
The Modern History (Modern and Contemporary) Programme has been functioning since 1996, and since then twelve PhD theses have been defended in the framework of it. This programme is divided into five sub-programmes: 16–18th Century Hungarian History, 19–20th Century Hungarian History, History of Central-East Europe and the Balkan Peninsula, History of Europe and the Mediterranean and History of the Hispanic World. The programme has developed strong international relations, so participants of the programme may rely on exceptionally wide choice of obtaining scholarships and research opportunities abroad. Foreign professors regularly contribute to the lectures of the universal history sub-programmes. Foreign students also participate in the courses. Equally favourable opportunities are at the participants’ disposal to publish in Hungary and abroad. Students regularly contribute to conferences; library background support is available.


 

Educational Programmes

 

1. Antiquity
Programme director: Prof. Gyula Wojtilla DSc
Department of Ancient History
H–6722 Szeged, Egyetem u. 2., Hungary
Phone: (+36 62) 546 383
E-mail: wojtilla@antiq.u-szeged.hu 

Research topics
– Social History of Ancient Rome (Supervisor: Melinda Székely PhD)
– Social History of Ancient India (Supervisor: Gyula Wojtilla DSc)
– Social History of Ancient Iran (Supervisor: Gyula Wojtilla DSc)

– Social History of Ancient Greece (Supervisor: Iván Tóth PhD)

Courses
Introduction to Ancient Studies (Gyula Wojtilla DSc)
The course is aimed to provide working knowledge in methodology and information science necessary for postgraduate students researching the antique history of the Greco-Roman world and the Indo-Iranian peoples. Completion of a book review is prerequisite for the exams.

Roman Economy and Society (Melinda Székely PhD))
Study of the developments in Roman economy and society. Study of agriculture, craftsmanship, local and long-distance trade, the development of finances – the evolution and development of social structure, the effects of expansion, and foreign relations. Special focus is on conflicting views and debated issues. Completion of an essay on an optional theme is prerequisite of the exams.

Early History of India (Gyula Wojtilla DSc)
The course presents the history of the most important state in ancient India that of the Maurja Empire (321–85 BC) by relying on multilingual historical and archaeological sources. Completion of an essay on an optional theme is prerequisite for the exams.

The History of the Akhaimenids (Gyula Wojtilla DSc)
The course discusses the evolution, the state organisation, economic and social structure of the Akhaimenide Empire. Completion of an essay on an optional theme is prerequisite for the exams.

Cultural History of the Antiquity (Zsuzsanna Hoffmann CSc)
Possible themes: Religion and Culture in India; Religion in Iran; The History of the Alexandrian Library; The History of Greek Literacy; Greco-Roman Sports History; Religion and Technology in the Roman Empire. Completion of an essay on an optional theme is prerequisite for the exams.

Eastern-Western Relations in the Antiquity (Gyula Wojtilla DSc)
The Eastern world as seen by the Greeks, Greco-Persian relations, India in the Greek and Roman literature, trade and cultural relations around the 1st century AD, foreign relations of the Roman Empire, eastern religions in the West. Completion of an essay on an optional theme is prerequisite for the exams.

Workshop Seminar (Gyula Wojtilla DSc,  Melinda Székely PhD)
The themes of the two term programs are closely connected to the themes of the doctoral dissertations. The purpose of the seminar is to help the participants in meeting the special demands of the program and to extend their knowledge in the fields of Ancient Greek, Indian, Iranian and Roman Studies. It also provides an opportunity to monitor the ongoing research work of the individual student, to discuss controversial points and to assist candidates in making a good start in their academic career.

 

2. Medieval Studies
Programme director: Assoc.Prof. Tibor Almási PhD
Department of Historical Auxiliary Sciences
H–6722 Szeged, Egyetem u. 2., Hungary
Phone: (+36 62) 544 118, Phone/Fax: (+36 62) 544 464
E-mail: tklara@hist.u-szeged.hu 

Research topics 
– The History of Inner-Asia (Supervisor: István Zimonyi CSc)
– The History of the Eurasian Steppe (Supervisor: István Zimonyi CSc)
– Byzantology (Supervisors: Ferenc Makk DSc, Terézia Olajos CSc)
– Hungarian Pre-history (Supervisors: Ferenc Makk DSc, István Zimonyi CSc)
– Publication of Medieval Sources (Supervisors: István Zimonyi CSc, Tibor Almási PhD)
– Hungarian Medieval History: Cultural History, Ecclesiastical and Religious History, Social and Institutional History, Foreign and Domestic Policy History (Supervisors: Fe­renc Makk DSc, László Blazovich DSc, László Szegfű CSc, László Koszta PhD, Erzsébet Galántai PhD, Imre Orbán PhD)
– Western Europe in 11–15th Centuries (Supervisors: Sándor Csernus PhD, György Galamb PhD, Richárd Szántó PhD)

Courses
Medieval State and Government History (Ferenc Makk DSc, György Szabados PhD)
The concept of state and its various appraisals in historiography. The concept of state history. The major types of states (nomad, European). Stages in the development of the medieval Hungarian state, general characteristics of the respective stages.

Social History (László Koszta PhD, Sándor Csernus PhD, István Petrovics PhD)
The development of medieval Hungarian, Western- and Eastern European society, the process of ethno genesis.

The Medieval Hungarian Law (László Blazovich DSc, Ferenc Piti PhD)
The relation of Hungarian and Western European law development in the period before the battle of Mohács (1526) with special attention to the development of the law of Hungarian towns and noblemen.

Palaeography (Ferenc Makk DSc, Tibor Almási PhD)
Reading of medieval Hungarian Latin manuscripts.

Analysis of Latin Sources (Erzsébet Galántai CSc, Tibor Almási PhD)
Historical, linguistic and stylistic analysis of Hungarian medieval and humanist sources.

Historiography (Zsolt Hunyadi PhD, Ferenc Sebők PhD)
Presentation of the history of historiography as reflected in the debates of the 20th century on the medieval ages (especially Hungarian medieval ages).

Hungaro-Byzantina (Ferenc Makk DSc, Terézia Olajos CSc)
History of Hungarian and universal Byzantine studies. The most important periodicals, handbooks, and source publications. General overview of the history of the Byzantine Empire. Hungaro-Byzantine relations.

Hungaro-Orientalia (István Zimonyi CSc)
It offers analysis of oriental sources related to antique Hungarian history complete with introduction to the literature and methodology of the field.

Hungaro-Slavica (Imre H. Tóth DSc, István Ferincz CSc)
The study of medieval (mainly Árpád-Era) Hungarian–Slavic historical, linguistic and cultural relations.

Climate History (Lajos Rácz DSc)
The influence of medieval climatic changes on European and Hungarian history.

Medieval Cultural History (László Koszta PhD, László Szegfű CSc)
Medieval Hungarian book culture. History of liturgy, education and church. History of ideas and ideology.

Objects of the Past (István Mészáros PhD, László Révész CSc)
Medieval Art History and Archeology.

Workshop Seminar (Lecturers of the courses above)
Presentation and discussion of studies based on independent research and prepared by students participating in the organised education. Requirements concerning the form and contents for theses.

 

3. Modern (Modern and Contemporary History
Programme director:Assoc. Prof. Sándor Papp PhD
Department of Hispanic Studies
H–6722 Szeged, Petőfi sgt. 30–34., Hungary
Phone: (+36 62) 544 147, Phone/Fax: (+36 62) 544 148
E-mail: hispan@hist.u-szeged.hu 

Research programmes


(A) History of the Hispanic World


Coordinator: Prof. Ádám Anderle DSc
Department of Hispanic Studies
H–6722 Szeged, Petőfi sgt. 30-34., Hungary
Phone: (+36 62) 544 147, Phone/Fax: (+36 62) 544 148
E-mail: hispan@hist.u-szeged.hu 

Recommended Research Topics:
– Spanish–Hungarian Relations in the 16–20th Centuries (Supervisors: Prof. Ádám Anderle DSc, Prof. István Szilágyi DSc, Anita Zalai PhD)
– The History of Hungarian Emigration into Latin-America in the 19–20th Centuries (Supervisors: Prof. Ádám Anderle DSc, Ágnes Szilágyi PhD, Péter Torbágyi PhD)
– Issues of Latin-American History of Ideas and Social History (Supervisors: Prof. Ádám Anderle DSc, Assoc. Prof. Gyula Horváth CSc, Katalin Jancsó PhD)



(B) History of the Mediterranean


Coordinator: Prof. László J. Nagy DSc
Department of Modern World History and Mediterranean Studies
H–6722 Szeged, Egyetem u. 2., Hungary
Phone: (+36 62) 544 805, Phone/Fax: (+36 62) 544 464
E-mail: toriroda@hist.u-szeged.hu 

Recommended Research Topics:
– History of French–Hungarian Relations in the 18–20th Centuries (Supervisors: Prof. László J. Nagy DSc, Assoc. Prof. Lajos Kövér PhD)
– History of the Maghreb Countries in the 19–20th Centuries (Supervisors: Prof. László J. Nagy DSc)
– History of Hungarian–Arab Relations in the 19–20th Centuries (Supervisors: Prof. László J. Nagy DSc, Péter Ákos Ferwagner PhD)
– History of European Integration (Supervisor: Prof. László J. Nagy)



(C) History of the Balkans


Coordinator: Prof. Enikő A. Sajti DSc
Department of Modern World History and Mediterranean Studies
H–6722 Szeged, Egyetem u. 2., Hungary
Phone: (+36 62) 544 858, Phone/Fax: (+36 62) 544 464
E-mail: sajti@hist.u-szeged.hu 

Recommended Research Topics:
– Hungarian–Yugoslav Relations in the 19–20th Centuries (Supervisor: Prof. Enikő A. Sajti DSc)
– History of Minorities in the Balkan Peninsula in the 19–20th Centuries (Supervisor: Prof. Enikő A. Sajti DSc)
– Issues of History of Ideas and Social History in Yugoslavia (Supervisor: Prof. Enikő A. Sajti DSc)



(D) Social, Economic and Comparative History


Coordinator: Prof. Béla Tomka DSc
Department of Contemporary History
H–6722 Szeged, Egyetem u. 2., Hungary
Phone: (+36 62) 544 806, Phone/Fax: (+36 62) 544 464
E-mail: tomka@hist.u-szeged.hu

Recommended Research Topics:
– History of 20th Century European Societies in a Comparative Perspective (Supervisor: Prof. Béla Tomka DSc)



(E) History of Hungary in the 16–20th Centuries


Coordinator: Assoc. Prof. László Marjanucz CSc
Department of Modern and Early Modern Hungarian History
H–6722 Szeged, Egyetem u. 2., Hungary
Phone: (+36 62) 544 804, Phone/Fax: (+36 62) 544 464
E-mail: toriroda@hist.u-szeged.hu 

Recommended Research Topics:
– Social History of Hungarian Territories under Turkish Occupation and European Dimensions of Anti-Turkish Struggles (Supervisors: Assoc. Prof. Sándor László Tóth CSc, Sándor Papp PhD)
– History of Ideas and Social History in 19–20th Century Hungary (Supervisors: Assoc. Prof. László Marjanucz CSc, Prof. Péter Zakar PhD, Prof. László Karsai CSc, Assoc. Prof. Ágnes Deák PhD)

Courses in the Programme
History of World Historiography (Ádám Anderle DSc)

History of Hungarian Historiography (Péter Zakar PhD)

Leading Ideas of the 16–20th Centuries (László J. Nagy DSc)
The evolution and impact of the leading ideas of the 16—20th centuries (Enlightenment, Liberalism, Conservatism, Socialism and Marxism) and the corresponding scholarly debates.

Nation and Society in Modern Times (Enikő A. Sajti DSc)
Concepts of nation, types of nations and the debates on the notion of nation, in Western Europe, Central-Eastern Europe, the Balkans, the Arab world, Latin America and Spain. The development of Hungarian national thinking and its leading representatives in the 19–20th centuries.

Main Issues of 16–20th Century Hungarian History (László Marjanucz CSc and Sándor László Tóth CSc)
Presentation of the historiography issues related to the research themes of students participating in the organised education.

Chapters of the History of Historiography of the Mediterranean and Western European Historiography (László J. Nagy DSc)
The major issues in the historiography of the Mediterranean and Western Europe with special focus on the research themes of students participating in the organised education.

Chapters of the History of Eastern European and the Balkans Historiography (Enikő A. Sajti DSc)
The major issues in the historiography of Eastern Europe and the Balkans with special focus on the research themes of the students participating in the organised education.

Chapters of the History of Spanish and Latin-American Historiography (Ádám Anderle DSc.)
The major issues in the historiography of Spain and Latin America with special focus on the research themes of the students participating in the organise education.

Methodology and Historiography of Economic and Social History (Béla Tomka PhD)
Economic and social history in historiography with special focus on current issues and applied methods.

 

Represantative dissertations (title, author, supervisor, year):

  1. Conservatism in 19th-century Mexico, Marcel Nagy, Ádám Anderle Dsc, 2004
  2. The Oriental Trade of Rome as it is reflected in Pliny’s Historia Naturalis, Melinda Székely, Gyula Wojtilla DSc, 2005
  3. The issues of Spanish neutrality in the diplomatic circles of Vienna (1914–1918), Mária Pallagi, Ádám Anderle DSc, 2005
  4. Anglo-Americans in Texas, 1821–1845, Andrea Kökény, Ádám Anderle DSc, 2005.
  5. Spanish-Italian relations during the second World War, Eszter Katona, Ádám Anderle DSc, 2005
  6. Migración húngara a México entre 1901 y 1950 (Hungarian migration to Mexico between 1901 and 1950) Mónika Szente-Varga, Ádám Anderle DSc, 2005
  7. The Mediterranean aspects of Italy’s foreign policy between 1948–1953, Katalin Pintácsi, László J. Nagy DSc, 2005
  8. Charters of the Angevin Era, Ildikó Tóth, Gyula Kristó DSc, 2006
  9. Eastern Europe and the International Trade in the VIII–Xth centuries, Szabolcs Polgár, István Zimonyi CSc. 2006
  10. Chapters from the Early History of Bavaria (VIII–IXth centuries), Tamás Nótári, none, 2006
  11. The Austro-Hungarian Monarchy and Egypt 1882–1914, Krisztián Komár, László J. Nagy DSc, 2006
  12. The Anglo-Corsican Kingdom and its constitution, Mária Tandori, László J. Nagy DSc, 2006
  13. The image of Napoleon or the French integration of Corsica, Rita Jókai, László J. Nagy DSc, 2006
  14. The Policy of the Italian Right from World War II to Today, Meriggi Simone, none, 2006
  15. The Role of Nationalism in Greek Political Thinking, 1892–1912, Ádám Balogh, László J. Nagy DSc, 2006
  16. A Debated Career. The Activity of Father La Valetta on the Isle of Martinique, 1746-1762, Adél Monostori, László J. Nagy DSc, 2007
  17. History of Medieval Hungarian Drinks, Szabolcs Marton, Tibor Almási PhD, 2007
  18. The road to the Compromise-the Spanish perspective, Andrea Palkovics, Ádám Anderle DSc, 2007
  19. Hungarian emigration to Latin America before the first World War, Péter Torbágyi, Ádám Anderle DSc, 2008
  20. El indigenismo temprano y la Asociación Pro-Indígena (Early Peruvian indigenous movements and the Asociación Pro-Indígena), Katalin Jancsó, Ádám Anderle DSc, 2008
  21. El exilio de comunistas españoles en los países socialistas de Europa Centro-Oriental, 1946–1955 (Spanish Communist exile to the countries of Central and Eastern Europe, 1946–1955), Szilvia Pethő, Ádám Anderle DSc, 2008
  22. Hungarians in São Paulo 1945–1990, Attila Pongrácz, Ágnes Szilágyi PhD, 2008
  23. The Hungarian colony of Jaraguá do Sul: identity and history, Katalin Őry-Kovács, Lajos Boglár DSc, 2008
  24. The need for mutual respect: Nashua cosmogony and cultural changes in Pachiquita in the 20th century, György Szelják, Lajos Boglár DSc, 2008
  25. Hungary and Ethiopia. Formal and informal relations from the second half of the 19th century to WWII. Balázs Szélinger, László J. Nagy DSc, 2008
  26. Yemen and the Socialist Countries 1955–1970, Zoltán Prantner, László J. Nagy DSc, 2008
  27. From Frontier to Border, Maria Pia Pedani, none, 2009
  28. The Castle of Borsod, Mária Wolf, none, 2009
  29. The Carlista emigration to France, 1872–1876, Edina Polácska, Ádám Anderle DSc, 2009
  30. György Martinuzzi and the Transfer of Transylvania to the Habsburgs, none, 2010
  31. From Moscow to London, Great Britain and Yugoslavia during the Soviet–Yugoslavian Conflict (1948–1953), Péter Vukman, Enikő A. Sajti DSc, 2010