Why is Zionism so controversial? Where did Jewish nationalism come from? Did all Jews favor the establishment of a Jewish nation-state before 1948? What are the sources of opposition to Zionism and Israel? What does "Post-Zionism" mean?
Find out in
Inventing Israel: Zionism, Anti-Zionism, and Post-Zionism
instructor: Adam Shear
JS 1681/HIST 1712/RELGST 1681
Tues-Thurs 1-2:15 pm
fulfills Historical Change Gen-Ed Requirement
How did the modern
nation-state of Israel emerge against a backdrop of a wide range of different
views of nationalism among 19th- and early 20th-century Jews? Why did some Jews support the idea of a
Jewish state and others oppose it? In this
course, we will study the origins and development of Zionism as a form of
modern Jewish nationalism, the emergence of different Zionist ideological
streams, and non-Zionist, anti-Zionist, and post-Zionist views of Jews and
non-Jews. We will also explore Zionism as a case study of relations of religion
and nationalism in modernity.