Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


CODE HBW3017

 
TITLE The Modern State of Israel

 
LEVEL 03 - Years 2, 3, 4 in Modular Undergraduate Course

 
ECTS CREDITS 4

 
DEPARTMENT Oriental Studies

 
DESCRIPTION This study-unit provides a historical overview of the modern state of Israel. Lectures will explore the series of factors leading to the formation of the state in 1948, including the devastating events of World War II, as well as Israel's subsequent socio-political history and its international relations down to the present. Particular attention will be given to Israel's dealings with neighbouring states and the persistent Arab-Israeli conflict, which continues to define domestic politics.

Study-unit Aims:

The aims of the study-unit are:
1. to provide a historical overview of the modern state of Israel, starting from the decades prior to its inception down to the present day;
2. to explore the historical, political, and socio-cultural processes which have affected the development of the state of Israel and its domestic and international policies;
3. to analyze the different perspectives and positions taken by historians regarding key events in Israel's modern history.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

1. relate and cite the salient historical events and figures pertaining to the formation and subsequent history of the modern state of Israel;
2. appraise the historical, political, and socio-cultural processes which have played a leading role in the development of the state of Israel and its domestic and international policies;
3. evaluate the different perspectives and positions taken by historians regarding key events in Israel's modern history.

2. Skills
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

1. examine and interpret historical data;
2. synthesize complex sets of data;
3. criticize and evaluate competing interpretations of history, and determine which readings are more or less convincing;
4. reflect on the interconnectedness of seemingly disparate socio-cultural, political, and historical processes, and appraise the manner in which these come into play in the history of nation states.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

- Bickerton, Ian J. The Arab-Israeli Conflict: A History. London: Reaktion Books, 2009.
- Garfinkle, Adam M. Politics and Society in Modern Israel: Myths and Realities. 2nd edn. London: Routledge, 1999.
- Gartman, Eric. Return to Zion: The History of Modern Israel. Philadelphia: Jewish Publication Society, 2015.
- Gilbert, Martin. Israel: A History. Rev. edn. New York: HarperCollins, 2008.
- Gilbert, Martin. The Routledge Atlas of the Arab-Israeli Conflict. London: Routledge, 2012.
- Kaplan, Eran and Penslar, Derek J., eds. The Origins of Israel, 1882-1948: A Documentary History. Wisconsin: University of Wisconsin Press, 2011.
- Schulze, Kirsten E. The Arab-Israeli Conflict. 3rd edn. London: Routledge, 2016.
- Shindler, Colin. A History of Modern Israel. 2nd edn. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013.

Further reading material will be supplied by the lecturer in class.

 
STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture

 
METHOD OF ASSESSMENT
Assessment Component/s Resit Availability Weighting
Assignment 50%
Assignment 50%

 
LECTURER/S

 
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