Time and Place: 1948: The Founding of Israel

Module code: V1449
Level 5
15 credits in spring semester
Teaching method: Lecture, Seminar
Assessment modes: Coursework

The foundation of Israel in 1948 marks both an end and a beginning. It brought to an end, for some Jews, 2,000 years of diaspora, and an end to the struggle of the Zionist movement to build a state for the Jewish people. It announced the beginning:

  • for adjusting to the idea of a Jewish nation-state and its realisation
  • to the struggle to create a Jewish-Israeli nation
  • to the struggle to create mutual identity for people of different ethnicities and persuasions, as well as different religions
  • to the changes that the Jewish state brought to the region.

The module addresses these issues thematically, so that put together, they can give an understanding as to the wider significance of the establishment of the state of Israel in 1948.

Module learning outcomes

  • Critically evaluate the historiography around a particular moment.
  • Critically evaluate the applicability of historical concepts to particular cases.
  • Supply evidence of these skills in extended essay form.
  • Demonstrate ability to use limited amounts of primary source material in extended historical argument.