MES 381 • DEBATES IN ISRAELI HISTORIOG
9:30 AM-12:30 PM
After an introductory survey of the previous stages in the development of Israeli historiography, the course will dwell on the present controversy between Zionist and post-Zionist academics, analyzing the parties' stances on the following issues: the existence of a Jewish nation; is Zionism a colonial or national movement?; the birth of Israel and its War of Independence; Zionism and the Holocaust; the absorption of the mass immigration and the melting pot concept versus multi-culturalism; the impact of postmodernism on post-Zionism.
Attendance, reading, paper
Ram, Uri (ed.), The changing agenda of Israeli sociology; Nimni, Ephraim (ed.), The challenge of Post-Zionism; Morris, Benny "Revising Zionist History"; Gelber, Yoav The Status of Zionist and Israeli History in Israeli Universities'; Israel Kolatt, "Reflections on the Historiography of Zionism and