Jewish Studies Program
Advanced Topics: Origins of the State of Israel
Instructor: Dr. Moshe Naor
Office Hours: Thursday, 3-5, Alcee Fortier Hall 202
The course will examine the social, economic and political development of the Jewish
community in Palestine (The Yishuv) from the beginnings of the Zionist movement in
the early 1880s until the establishment of the state of Israel in 1948. The course will
discuss the history of the Yishuv as a process of nation building. We will focus on
political organization, immigration, urbanization, security and military affairs, the
struggle for economic autonomy, education, culture, and leisure. We will also
examine the relationship of the Yishuv with the Palestinian Arabs, the British
mandatory government, and the Jewish World.
Attendance and participation (15%)
Two oral presentations on week's readings (35%)
15-page research essay (50%).
Ben Halpern and Jehuda Reinharz,
Zionism and the Creation of a New Society,
Hanover and London: Brandeis University Press, 2000.
A History of Zionism,
New York: Schocken Books, 2003.
Jehuda Reinhartz and Anita Shapira (eds,),
Essential Papers on Zionism,
and London: New York University Press, 1996, pp.63-93.
The Zionist Ideology,
Hanover and London: Brandeis University