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The course examines the origins of the history of the Arab-Israeli conflict and its developments from multiple angles in order to provide a comprehensive understanding of the complex dynamic that constitutes ‘the conflict’. The course will investigate the causes of the Palestinian refugee crisis and of the Arab-Israeli wars. It will introduce students to the Arab-Israeli peace process and familiarise students with the polarised historiography surrounding the Arab-Israeli conflict.
|First Sub Session
|30 credits (15 ECTS credits)
One or more of these courses have a limited number of places. Priority access will be given to students for whom this course is compulsory. Please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions for more details on this process.
This course aims to provide a historical survey of the development and evolution of what is commonly referred to as the Arab-Israeli conflict. It examines the origins of the Arab-Israeli conflict in an attempt to place it in its historical context, while tracing its developments from multiple angles in order to provide a comprehensive understanding of the complex dynamic that constitutes ‘the conflict’. The period under examination covers defining moments of the history of the conflicts from the establishment of the Jewish community in Palestine, the so-called Old Yishuv, through the subsequent history of the State of Israel from 1948 until the present. The course also explores several contemporary dimensions of the conflict, including the rise of Hamas, the Oslo Accords and the position of Israel in the wider Middle Eastern political context.
The course aims at developing analytical skills to frame the Palestine-Israel conflict based on objective analysis. We will study how to interpret historical developments and evaluate events that not only transformed the geography and politics of the region but also shaped the identities of both Palestinians and Israelis.
Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.
Online Exam (60%)
750 word Gobbet (20%)
1,000 word Essay (20%)
There are no assessments for this course.
|•A systematic understanding of how and why an Israeli-Arab and Israeli-Palestinian peace process developed in the 1970s and 1980s
|•A critical understanding of the historiographical debates on the Arab-Israeli conflict
|•Comprehensive analytical skills through the study of the Arab-Israeli conflict
|•An ability to apply concepts and principles to the main debates on ‘1948’;
|•An informed understanding of the contending explanations for the causes of the Arab-Israeli wars after 1948