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HIST 3820W : The History of Israel
Columbian College of Arts and Sciences
History (HIST)
The History of Israel
The History of Israel
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Survey of the history of Israel from the origins of Zionism to the present. Topics include Zionism as an ideology and movement in the pre-state period; the relationship between state and religion; the impact of 1948 and 1967; immigration, colonization, and Israeli society; the Arab-Israeli conflict; and Israel’s national identity as a Jewish and democratic state.
This course has several learning objectives that will serve as the basis for assessment. Students will be evaluated on their ability to:  Demonstrate a grasp of the history of Israel that goes beyond the surface of events to explain underlying ideas, controversies, patterns, and structures.  Reason historically, e.g. by thinking contextually and concretely, avoiding unwarranted generalizations and anachronisms, perceiving change and continuity over time, considering how historians with divergent orientations (political, social, intellectual) might approach and explain the same historical phenomenon differently, appreciating complexity, periodizing, etc.  Imagine themselves into the point of view of some of the groups and individuals we will encounter in our course, showing an ability to “see” things from different perspectives and to present these perspectives in a way that is nuanced, concrete, and historically plausible.  Argue positions on some of the major debates in Israeli historiography, in class discussions and in particular in the formal in-class debates. (See “Requirements”)  Analyze both primary and secondary literature (historiography) critically, e.g. by attending to things like context, structure, and argument, distinguishing thesis from supporting evidence, considering alternative explanations for given data, discerning possible authorial biases, etc.  Work collaboratively, as part of a debating team.

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GWSB-Foreign Cultures Option
CCAS - GCR: Foreign Cultures
CCAS - GCR: Humanities
CCAS - GCR:Social & Behavioral
ESIA-CPESS Conc (2010)
ESIA-ConflRes Conc (2010)
ESIA-Intl Pol Conc (2010)
ESIA-CPESS Conc (Pre 2010)
ESIA-Confl/Sec Conc (Pre 2010)
ESIA-History of IR-Non US
ESIA-MidEast Conc (2010)
ESIA-MidEast Conc (Pre 2010)
SPHHS-Humanities Courses
SEAS - Humanities Electives
Sustainability Track B
SEAS - Soc. Science Electives

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