Dr. Jonathan Goldstein
Spring Semester 2005
 LEARNING OUTCOMES
State of Israel is the largest Jewish community ever created in history. By the end of this course you should become
familiar with the history of modern
 ASSESSMENT PROCEDURES AND GRADING
POLICIES There will be a research project, quizzes,
and mid-term and final examinations. These
exams will cover lecture material plus assigned readings. The exact scope and form of the exams will be
announced at the appropriate time.
Each student must do a research project, details to be provided. Grades will be determined as follows:
Midterm 25 percent
Research project: Due before class Wed. April 20 25 percent
Final exam: Wed, May 4, in the classroom 25 percent
and other miscellaneous assignments averaged
together 25 percent
Attendance at all announced examinations is required. Except under very exceptional circumstances, make-up examinations will not be allowed unless the professor has excused the student before the regular exam time for legitimate reasons. Consistent with University policies, graduating seniors can exempt out of the final exam if they wish. In that case, the final grade will consist of midterm 33 1/3%, research project 33 1/3%, and the average of quizzes and other miscellaneous assignments 33 1/3%. Please notify the professor no later than May 2 if you are a graduating senior who wishes to exempt out of the final.
There are no pre-requisites for this course, although a general acquaintance with Biblical history and with the Hebrew and/or Christian Bibles [“Old” and/or “New” Testaments] may be helpful.
 COURSE ADMINISTRATION
Office hours: Office hours will be held in TELC Room 3207 on Mondays and Wednesdays from 3:20 to 5 PM; on Tuesdays from 8 to 9:40 PM; and by appointment. Students who have questions or concerns about their performance in class or on tests or who would like simply to confer should take it upon themselves to see the professor. If you have any problems or questions please do not hesitate to come by TELC Room 3207 or telephone at 678-839-6034 or 678-839-6508 (leave message).
Methods of Instruction: The course will be taught through lecture, discussion, and a possible outside speakers and film. I encourage you to ask questions and raise issues. We have flexibility in our schedule and can take time to discuss issues you may raise.
 TEXTS AND REQUIRED MATERIALS
The texts required for this course are:
Ilan Troen, IMAGINING
Herzberg, THE ZIONIST IDEA, 2d ed [
There also will be a number of xeroxed handouts distributed during the course for which you will be responsible.
 ATTENDANCE POLICY
Attendance will be taken. It is most important that everyone try to attend each class session. Anything above three absences in this seventeen week class will be considered grounds for dismissal. Leaving class early constitutes an absence, and two latenesses are the equivalent of one absence. It should be made very clear that (a) students are responsible for all material presented in class; (b) examinations will be based substantially on this materials; and (c) a positive attitude shown by an absence of cuts and lateness can work to raise a student’s letter grade in borderline grading situations.
 CELL PHONE ETIQUETTE AND OTHER COURTESIES
Out of courtesy to those students trying hard to concentrate, please refrain from smoking, drinking, eating, nail polishing, and chewing gum during class. Please do not bring children to class. PLEASE DO NOT BRING CELL PHONES, AUDIBLE PAGERS, OR ALARM WATCHES TO CLASS. It is not sufficient to say “Oh, I’m sorry, I forgot to turn off.” The student in front of you, behind you, or next to you may be on probation and must do well in this course. It is therefore essential that we have a positive learning environment in the classroom.
 ASSIGNMENT SCHEDULE. A detailed assignment schedule will be passed out at the beginning of the semester, including the dates on which specific pages of the basic texts and handouts should be read. Other general readings which may be helpful to you include:
Shlomo Dov Goitein, JEWS AND ARABS: THEIR CONTACTS THROUGH THE AGES.
“Protocols of the Elders of
and Itamar Rabinovitch, ed.
ISRAEL IN THE MIDDLE EAST [
Palestinian Liberation Organization charter.
MESSIANISM, ZIONISM, AND RELIGIOUS RADICALISM [
“Zionism and colonialism: a comparative approach,” in Ilan
Pappe, ed. THE ISRAEL/PALESTINE QUESTION: REWRITING
“Settlement in Eretz
Shimon Peres, TOWARD A NEW MIDDLE EAST .
Benjamin Netanyahu, PLACE AMONG THE NATIONS .
Hammond, ATLAS OF THE MIDDLE EAST.
ISRAEL STUDIES website: www.aisisraelstudies.org; see also index to journal ISRAEL STUDIES, 1996-2004.
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 MAJOR TOPICS TO BE
COVERED ON A WEEKLY BASIS: Assignments are due and should be read for
the first day of the week for which they are assigned.
Jan. 10: Introduction to course and research
project; Historiography and historical geography of the
Jan. 17: NO CLASS IN HONOR OF DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING’S BIRTHDAY.
Historical geography of the
Jan. 24: Jewish history pre-Herzl and the Zionist forerunners. Troen, Herzberg, Reinharz; excerpts from Mendele Mokher Sforim, “Shem and Japeth on the Train,” , in Robert Alter, MODERN HEBREW LITERATURE [New York, 1975], pp. 19-38, on German and Russian anti-Semitism; Chaim Nachman Bialik, “City of Slaughter” ; Adam M.Garfinkle, “On the Origin, Meaning, Use, and Abuse of a Phrase,” MIDDLE EASTERN STUDIES 27: 4 [October 1991], 539-50; Garfinkle, POLITICS AND SOCIETY IN MODERN ISRAEL.
Feb. 7: Review Jan. 24 assignment.
Feb. 14: The ALIYOT and the YISHUV up to 1939 Troen, Herzberg, Reinharz; handouts of excerpts from Garfinkle, POLITICS and Ehud Ben Ezer HA-MOSHAVA SHELI.
Feb. 21: The Holocaust, the recollectivization of the Jewish people, Partition and the rebirth of the Jewish State. Troen, Herzberg, Reinharz; Handouts of excerpts from Garfinkle, POLITICS; Frank, THE DEED; Slater, THE PLEDGE; Kurzman GENESIS 1948; Dan Diner; and Arthur Koestler, PROMISE AND FULFILLMENT: PALESTINE, 1917-49.
28: War of
Mar. 7: Review Feb. 28 assignment; MIDTERM EXAM.
Mar. 14: Immediate aftermath of War of Independence. Review Feb. 28 assignment.
Mar. 21-25: NO CLASSES—ENJOY SPRING BREAK.
Mar. 28: The Land and the People; Palestinian Arabs and other minorities Troen, Herzberg, Reinharz. Handouts from Adam Garfinkle, POLITICS; Bettelheim, CHILDREN OF THE DREAM; Eisenstadt, ISRAELI SOCIETY; Spiro, KIBBUTZ; assigned readings from Troen, Herzberg, and Reinharz; Movies: “Sallah Shabbati” [Ephraim Kishon] and “Every Bastard a King.”
4: Foreign Relations up through the Sinai
Herzberg, Reinharz. Selections from
April 11: Foreign Relations: The Six Day War and Its Aftermath. Troen, Herzberg, Reinharz, plus excerpts from Randolph Churchill, THE SIX DAY WAR and Michael Oren, SIX DAYS OF WAR
April 25: Foreign Relations/ The Yom Kippur War, Syrian Disengagement Agreement , Camp David Accords , Iranian Revolution; First [1987-92] and Second [1990-] Infitadas; Hamas and Islamic Jihad; Negotiating with the Palestinians, Madrid  and Oslo  Conferences/Arrangements; September 11; impact of Afghanistan and Iraq wars, Mombasa, and the War on Terror [World War lV]. Troen, Herzberg, Reinharz, plus excerpts from Aaron Klieman, ISRAEL AND THE WORLD AFTER FORTY YEARS; Chaim Herzog, WAR OF ATONEMENT; M. S. Arnoni, RIGHTS AND WRONGS OF THE MIDDLE EAST CONFLICT; Maxime Rodinson, ISRAEL AND THE ARABS; Friedman, END OF THE JEWISH PEOPLE; and some contemporary readings.
2: The Peace Process/
FINAL EXAM AT THE TIME SPECIFIED IN THE SPRING SEMESTER BULLETIN: Wednesday, May 4, from to in the classroom.