Baltic Sea History

Author: Baltic Sea History Project
Offering Institution: Technische Hochschule Lübeck
Course Language: English
Field of Knowledge: Humanities and Cultural Studies Free of Charge
Average Workload: 45 Hours Free of Charge Enrol

What awaits you in this course?

Do we own the historical truth? Using various examples from the history of the Baltic Sea Region, you will learn to recognize and question visions of the past. You will receive suggestions on how to become active yourself. You may use this course as a teacher in adult education or in another professional field.

What can you learn in this course?

In this course you will learn more about multiple perspectives of the history of the Baltic Sea Region. On the basis of these examples, you will get inspiration to deal with monuments, streets and buildings in your region. Teaching materials will give you further suggestions. With the help of guidelines you can deepen your knowledge about multiperspectivity in historiography.

You can work through the course chronologically or select interesting chapters to skip ahead to. The workload for this course depends on whether you take all learning opportunities or only selected ones.

The course was developed within the framework of the Baltic Sea History Project “Multiperspectivity in adult education”. It is primarily aimed at people working in adult education. However, the course is open to all that are interested.

After completing this course, you will be familiar with several perspectives on the history of the Baltic Sea Region and will be able to apply multiperspectivity methodically in adult education. This applies to the following aspects:

  • You will respect different perspectives, understand them and make informed use of the knowledge about the history of the Baltic Sea Region.
  • Work towards bringing people living in the Baltic Sea Region closer together and deepening their relationships.
  • To take an informed view when viewing and selecting sources, not only historical but also everyday sources such as the news.


  • Introduction
    • Welcome!
    • Who developed the course?
    • Notes on the structure of the course
  • Multiperspectivity
    • Multiperspectivity in general
    • What is multiperspective history?
    • Baltic Sea Region in general
    • One sea, different names
    • Border changes and perception of historic events
    • Baltic perspectives
  • Case studies
    • City maps and streetnames
    • The Isted/Idstedt Lion
    • Russia's perception of Europe
    • Migration of labour
    • Hanseatic League
    • The Bronze Soldier of Tallinn
  • Epilogue
    • Conclusions
    • Links to further materials
    • Good bye!


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