Special Subject: Palestine from the Ottomans to Nakba Part 2 (V1424B)

15 credits, Level 6

Spring teaching

You'll learn about the great upheavals in Palestinian society during the First World War and immediately afterwards.

Using primary source materials, you'll study how ordinary Palestinians (Muslims, Christians or Jews) experienced these upheavals. You'll focus on Jerusalem as this was the spiritual and political capital of Palestine and where many first-hand accounts of the war are set. 

You use this focus on the lives of ordinary individuals during the First World War to examine wider debates connected to the history of Palestine in the early 20th century, looking to the late Ottoman period and to the trauma of 1948 and beyond.

You'll study:

  • navigating the hardships of war: plague, famine and military conscription
  • the entertainment industry in Jerusalem: music, theatre and prostitution 
  • women's lives in wartime Palestine: change and continuity
  • the political sphere: Ottoman legacies, Arab nationalism and the coming of Zionism
  • the arrival of the British mandate
  • opposing British rule
  • colonial lives in Palestine
  • contested memories: 1948 and the struggle over Palestinian history.

Teaching and assessment

We’re currently reviewing teaching and assessment of our modules in light of the COVID-19 situation. We’ll publish the latest information as soon as possible.

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 22 hours of contact time and about 128 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

This module is running in the academic year 2021/22. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. However, we are constantly looking to improve and enhance our courses. There may be changes to modules in response to student demand or feedback, changes to staff expertise or updates to our curriculum. We may also need to make changes in response to COVID-19. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: