RELST 2540

RELST 2540

Course information provided by the Courses of Study 2023-2024.

This course examines the history of Zionism as an idea and as a political movement in all its various forms, currents, and transformations from its origins in mid-nineteenth century Europe to the present. Despite its success in establishing the State of Israel in 1948, Zionism, which also sought to "normalize" Jewish collective life and provide a safe haven from persecution for the Jews, has encountered multiple challenges from within and without. Some continue to think of it as the national liberation movement of the Jewish people while others regard it is a Western inspired colonial project. Originating largely as a radical rejection of both traditional Jewish religious life and the Jews' diaspora in favor of modern nationalism, since 1967 Zionism has witnessed religious-nationalist fervor and a Jewish diaspora increasingly interested in or disinterested with the state of Israel. The course also considers the phenomenon of post-Zionism in Israeli historiography as well as Zionism's difficulty in coming to terms with the idea and reality that two peoples rather than one live in the land west of the Jordan. We'll also consider the Palestinian response framed as "Zionism from the standpoint of its victims."

When Offered Fall.

Breadth Requirement (GB)
Distribution Category (CA-AS, GLC-AS)
Course Attribute (CU-ITL)

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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session.  Combined with: GOVT 2545JWST 2540NES 2540

  • 3 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 18679 RELST 2540   SEM 101

    • TR Uris Hall G28
    • Aug 21 - Dec 4, 2023
    • Brann, R

  • Instruction Mode: In Person