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Kamran Scot Aghaie, Chair CAL 528 | 204 W 21st St F9400 | Austin, TX 78712-1029 • 512-471-3881

Spring 2008

MES 381 • DEBATES IN ISRAELI HISTORIOG

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
42485 TH
9:30 AM-12:30 PM
PAR 210
GELBER, Y

Course Description

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.

Grading Policy

Attendance, reading, paper

Texts

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

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