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Course Description

Zionism and the State of Israel (3 cr)  
Tamir Karkason
JSTU-J 324 (12422) /  HIST-B 324 (31975)
TR 4:00-5:15 (LH 310)
CASE S&H; CASE GCC; credit given for only one of J324 or HIST-B 324

Zionism is a dream, which was born in Europe at the end of the 19th Century, following decades of Jewish national thought. Influenced by European nationalism – in nation states as well as in multi-ethnic empires – the Zionist 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 Jewish national and Zionist ideologists and thinkers, we will discuss central ideas and episodes in the history of Jewish nationalism and of the State of Israel. Throughout the course the students are expected to be present and active in class.