Spring 2021 - HIST 465 D100

The Palestinian-Israeli Conflict (4)

Class Number: 5722

Delivery Method: Remote


  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu 11:30 AM – 2:20 PM

  • Prerequisites:

    45 units including nine units of lower division history and one of HIST 151, 249, 350, 354, 355 or permission of the department.



A discussion of the modern history of nation-building in the context of the Arab-Israeli conflict. The topics discussed include Zionism, the British Mandate in Palestine, the creation of the state of Israel, the rise of modern Palestinian nationalism, and the role of the Palestinian-Israeli dispute in regional and international affairs.


This course will adopt a social and cultural history approach to a subject that is most commonly analyzed in terms of political and diplomatic currents. Among the topics the course will address are Zionism, the British Mandate in Palestine, the creation of the state of Israel, the rise of modern Palestinian nationalism, and the impact of the Palestinian-Israeli dispute on the Middle East as a whole.


N.B. This is not an introductory course. Students are expected to have prior knowledge of the broad outlines of the political and diplomatic history of the conflict.

For further information about this course, please visit paulsedra.com



  • Take-home midterm exam 30%
  • Debate presentation 10%
  • Research paper 45%
  • Seminar participation 15%



  • James Gelvin, The Israel-Palestine Conflict: One Hundred Years of War, third edition (Cambridge University Press, 2014)
  • Mark Levine and Gershon Shafir, eds., Struggle and Survival in Palestine/Israel (University of California Press, 2012)
  • Ted Swedenburg, Memories of Revolt: The 1936-1939 Rebellion and the Palestinian National Past (University of Arkansas Press, 2003)
  • journal articles accessible through SFU library website

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