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The Zionist Movement Between Europe & Palestine/Israel (3 cr)
Noam Zadoff
HIST-B 200 Issues in Western European History #31431
MW 11:15:12:30 (BH245)
GenEd S&H; GenEd WC; CASE S&H; CASE GCC; may be repeated with a different topic for a maximum of 6 credit hours

Course flyer

Zionism is a dream, which was born in Europe at the end of the 19th Century. Influenced by European nationalism, its aim was the revival of the Jewish People in the Middle Eastern territory of Palestine, the Land of Israel. This ambivalence of being a “western” utopia seeking for realization in the “east” accompanied the Zionist movement from its beginning and down to today. Through reading different texts of Zionist Ideologists and thinkers, and through analyzing current attitudes towards Europe in Israeli media and film, we will discuss central ideas and episodes in the history of Zionism and of the State of Israel. Throughout the course the students are expected to be present and be active in class.

Learning Objectives: students should demonstrate a basic understanding of different streams of the Zionist Movement; a knowledge of key events, people, and groups that have shaped the history of Zionism; an understanding of basic concepts in the study of history, such as place, time, contingency, structure, continuity and change; the ability to recognize and interpret primary historical sources, taking into consideration authorship and purpose; an appreciation of the ways in which past events have shaped political and societal formations, cultural practices, economic conditions, and social identities in the present.

Syllabus and Reading: It is expected that the students read the material for each meeting.

Assignments: During the Semester you will be  required  to  submit  two  papers  (each 25% of final grade), three essays of 1-­‐2 pages (each 10% of final grade), short responses to the reading material (10% of final grade) and participation in the discussions (10% of final grade).

Attendance: You may miss up to three meetings unexcused. Any further absence from class will influence your grade.

Laptop   Policy:  The  use  of  laptops  and  other  electronic  devices,  including  mobile phones, are prohibited in the classroom.

Academic Integrity:  As a student of IU, you are expected to adhere to the standards and policies detailed in the Code of Student Rights, Responsibilities, and Conduct (Code). When you submit an assignment with your name on it, you are signifying that the work contained therein is all yours, unless otherwise cited or referenced. Any ideas or materials taken from another source for either written or oral use must be fully acknowledged. If you are unsure about the expectations for completing an assignment or taking a test or exam, be sure to seek clarification beforehand. All suspected violations of the Code will be handled according to University policies. Sanctions for academic misconduct may include a failing grade on the assignment, reduction in your final course grade, a failing grade in the course, among other possibilities, and must include a report to the Dean of Students who may impose additional disciplinary sanctions.

Shlomo Avineri, The Making of Modern Zionism: Intellectual Origins of the Jewish State (New York: Basic Books, 1981)

Arthur Herzberg, The Zionist Idea: A Historical analysis and Reader (Philadelphia, 1997)
Itamar Rabinovich and Jehuda Reinharz (eds.), Israel in the Middle East: Documents and readings  on Society,  Politics,  and Foreign Relations  Pre-­‐1948 to the Present (Hanover & London: Brandeis University Press, 2008)