Courses in Modern Jewish and Israel Studies
The study of Modern Israel, focusses on the history and politics of Israel, beginning with the origins of Jewish nationalism in Europe, as expressed in the Zionist movement in the late 19th century. It charts the evolution of the Jewish community in Paelstine under the British Mandate and the beginnings of the conflict with the Arabs of Palestine, the outbreak of the first Arab-Israeli war in 1948, and its consequences. It then moves on to discuss the development of the independent state of Israel and the process of nation and state building in Israel, including the Arab-Israeli wars of 1967 and 1973 and their respective impacts on Israeli politics and society. Studying modern Israel also means discussing the evolution of Hebrew culture in Israel, the development of the Israeli economy and the place of the Arab minority in the Israeli state. It similarly includes discussions of Israeli foreign policy, Israel's relations with its Arab neighbors and with the great powers, and on Israel's status among the nations, as all these have evolved since the establishment of the State in 1948 and until the present time.
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