The Arab Israeli Conflict

Term: Fall 2010

Subject Code: GSOC

Course Number: 5103

The course will examine the Arab-Israeli conflict from its origins at the beginning of Zionist settlement in Palestine in the 1880s, to the present. It will focus more on the social and economic processes that have taken place in Palestine/Israel and in the Middle East generally, and less on diplomacy and war. The key issues to be discussed are:

-The struggle over land and labor in Palestine/Israel

-Zionist/Israeli nation- and state-building efforts

-Palestinian resistance and Arab intervention

-The broader Middle Eastern context

-The role of the super-powers

-Globalization, liberalization and the peace process

-Failure of the Israeli-Palestinian peace process

-Prospects for the future

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