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Spring 2018-2019
* NES 373 / JDS 373 (HA)   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

Zionism: Jewish Nationalism Before and Since Statehood

Jonathan M. Gribetz

Are the Jews a separate nation? Should they have their own country? Where should it be located? This course investigates why Jews and non-Jews alike began asking these questions in the late eighteenth century and explores the varieties of answers they offered. The course's focus is on those who insisted that the Jews were a nation that required a state in the Jews' historic homeland. We will try to understand why these people - known collectively as Zionists - came to these conclusions, and why many others disagreed. The final part of the course will address debates within the State of Israel about what it means to be a "Jewish state."

Sample reading list:
Arthur Hertzberg, The Zionist Idea
Benedict Anderson, Imagined Communities
Pierre Birnbaum and Ira Katznelson, eds., Paths of Emancipation: Jews, States, and Citizenship
Derek Penslar, "Zionism, Colonialism, and Post-Colonialism"
Theodor Herzl, The Jewish State
Elmer Berger, Judaism or Jewish Nationalism: The Alternative to Zionism

Reading/Writing assignments:
The reading assignments include primary and secondary sources each week, typically totaling 100-150 pages. The primary writing assignment of the seminar is a 10-12 research page essay on a topic to be decided in consultation with the professor.

Requirements/Grading:
Take Home Final Exam - 30%
Quizzes - 5%
Papers - 30%
Oral Presentation(s) - 15%
Class/Precept Participation - 20%

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
41450 S01 01:30:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm M        Enrolled:6 Limit:20