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HIS 209 Israel and Palestine: The Heritage and the Challenge

Satisfies 3 credits toward Middle Eastern Studies Minor.

Course Description: After a survey of the history of Zionism and Arab nationalism, this course focuses on the creation of the state of Israel and reaction of the Arabs at various stages, leading up to the demand for an independent state of Palestine. Topics include the Mandate, the establishment of the State of Israel, the Arab/Israeli wars, Jewish immigration and absorption, Arabs in Israel, the formation of the PLO and opposition groups, religious fundamentalism, and economic considerations. A special focus will be on the ongoing peace process and the development of Palestine.

Course Rotation: NYC: Spring; PLV: TBA.


3 credits