INAF-371 Arab-Israeli Conflict
Fall for 2017-2018
Morris, Benjamin
The course, a frontal lecture course, will survey the history of the Zionist-Arab conflict from its origins in the 1880s until the present day. Attempting to describe and analyze what happened from various perspectives (Zionist, Arab, British, etc.), the lectures will look at the start of Zionist immigration and settlement in Palestine under Ottoman rule and the early clashes between native Arabs and settlers; Britain's conquest of the country and British policies between 1917 (the Balfour Declaration) and 1939 (the MacDonald White Paper), against the backdrop of the emergence of the Palestinian Arab national movement and its efforts to quash the Zionist enterprise and throw off imperial rule; the impact of World War II on the conflict; the run-up to the first Arab-Israeli war of 1948 and its course and consequences (refugees, borders, etc.); Israel's first two decades and the 1967 War and its consequences; the PLO and the occupied territories; the 1973 War; the Israeli-Egyptian peace process; the Lebanon War of 1982; and the struggle between Israel and the Palestinians - political, diplomatic, and military - over the following three decades (First and Second Intifadas), and the current impasse in the peace process.
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: None
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