Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Spring 2007, course preview, part 7: Zionism and Its Discontents

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

Course Description:
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. 

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