History 34 Fall 2021 Syllabus

HIST 034. Varieties of Zionist Thought: Judaism, Nationalism, Antisemitism, and the Jewish Question

(Cross-listed as RELG 060 )
This course focuses on political expressions of Jewish identity since the late nineteenth century through an exploration of the central texts of Zionist thought. It integrates biblical, rabbinic, and medieval Jewish texts about Jerusalem, the idea of Zion, and the centrality of the Land of Israel to provide historical context and background. We ask: what are the ways select Jewish sources from antiquity to modernity have grappled with varied attitudes toward land, political sovereignty, and national identity in the Diaspora.
Social sciences.
1 credit.
Eligible for GMST.
Fall 2021. Kessler. Weinberg.
Catalog chapter: History  
Department website: http://www.swarthmore.edu/history

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