Klosko, Susanna

New Course in Middle Eastern History

Arab-Jewish Conflict 1881-1949

This course examines the social, political, and cultural interactions between the Jewish and Arab communities in Palestine, from the arrival of the first Zionist settlers until the 1948 war, which resulted in the founding of the State of Israel and the flight and expulsion of over 700,000 Palestinian Arabs. The goal for the course is for students to become familiar with competing historiographical interpretations of the period in question. Assigned readings will include studies by Anita Shapira; Benny Morris; Rashid Khalidi; and Nur Masalha, and the memoirs of Edward Said and Amoz Oz. Evaluations will be based on responses to discussion questions on the collab website; two take-home exams; and two 8-10 page papers. This class fulfills the non-western history requirement for history majors.

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Introductory Seminar in History

Themes and Interpretation in Jewish Migration History

This class examines the great migrations of Jewish history, from the Torah portion Lech-Lecha to the emigration of Jews from the former Soviet Union. We will explore the meanings Jews and non-Jews have drawn from notions such as the Galut, the Wandering Jew, Aliyah, and Undesirable Immigrants. Other events covered will be the Exiles, the Spanish Expulsion, immigration to America, and mass immigration to Israel.

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Corcoran Department of History
University of Virginia
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