Fall 2014

The History of Israel

Listed in: History, as HIST-294

Formerly listed as: HIST-61

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Adi Gordon (Section 01)


[ME] This course will survey the history of Israel from the pre-state origins of Zionism in the late nineteenth century to the present. It will explore political, military, social and cultural history. We will seek a better historical understanding of many of Israel’s ongoing challenges, such as the place of religion in civil life, the state’s relation to world Jewry, and the Arab-Israeli conflict. We will pay special attention to contested identities and inner debates within Zionism and Israel, highlighting different and occasionally opposing visions of a Jewish homeland. In addition to historical documents and books (non-fiction and fiction), we will rely on the growing wealth of Israeli documentary films. Two class meetings per week.

Fall semester.  Five College Professor Gordon.


2016-17: Offered in Fall 2016
Other years: Offered in Spring 2008, Spring 2009, Fall 2011, Fall 2014