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The History of Modern Israel - Part II: Challenges of Israel as a sovereign state, テルアビブ大学(Tel Aviv University)



This course deals with the Israeli politics, economy, society and culture, since its creation in 1948 till today. It analyzes the construction of the Israeli historical narrative as an identity-building narrative, intending to inculcate a collective memory to a diverse society. We will focus on key events and essential components that shaped the Israeli society from the fifties till the present. We will also discuss the changes that the Israeli society experiences in its almost seventy years of existence and how it affects its politics and culture. Among the topics we will discuss issues such as immigration, economic transformation, political upheaval, religious Zionism and post-Zionism, privatization and Americanization, Holocaust increasing role in shaping Israel's identity, diversity and multiculturalism, as well as the enduring conflict with the Palestinians and the Arab world. This course is a direct extension of the first part "The History of Modern Israel: From an Idea to a State", so if you have not yet taken it, we highly recommend you start your learning from there ( In order to receive academic credit for this course you must successfully pass the academic exam on campus. For information on how to register for the academic exam – Additionally, you can apply to certain degrees using the grades you received on the courses. Read more on this here – Teachers interested in teaching this course in their class rooms are invited to explore our Academic High school program here – * This course is a joint effort of Tel Aviv University & Israel Institute ( * This course uses media material from various archives, courtesy to Yad Vashem Archive for their help. * This course is self-paced. Once you register, you can participate in the course anytime, as often as you wish and over any stretch of time...


by AB

May 12, 2018

An excellent course! Great teachers and very interesting interviews. I loved it and learnt a lot. Many thanks and many greetings from Madrid / Antonia

by SG

Sep 02, 2016

A fascinating course, well delivered. I was especially interested in the issues related to the dynamics and development of Israeli society.



by Roman Olegovich Chumakov

Mar 19, 2019

-1 star. some videos a VERY quiet. All other are fine.

by Denise Gabriel Issa

Mar 14, 2019

Excelente curso a respeito da cultura e conflitos israelenses

by Celia Fernandez Calvo

Feb 04, 2019

Great continuation to the first part - would totally recommend it to learn about this interesting country!

by Michael Dybvik

Jan 28, 2019

This course has provided me with a window into Israeli History and a great introduction to the contemporary situation in Israel. My suspicions of bias were repeatedly refuted and a great emphasis was put on presenting a factual history and allowing for student consideration as to the benefits or detriments of said events. Mentions of artists and cultural figures lead to an outside understanding of the Israeli people in the early days and how things have changed to become what they are today. Some students offer insightful input in the discussion forums and its great to see dissenting professors debate, as the same debate must go on in the heads of observers around the world, Israeli or not.

by Bryden MacKinnon

Jan 27, 2019

Very good course, informative and lays out the foundation for anyone wanting to know about the state of Israel.

by Paccelli José Maracci Zahler

Dec 19, 2018

Um excelente curso que mudou minha visão sobre o Estado de Israel. Não era nada do que eu pensava e ouvia no noticiário.

by Tom Beneventi

Nov 12, 2018

Outstanding presentation of the State of Israel's struggle for independence!

by Mahmoud El-Bshlawy

Oct 03, 2018

very good .thank you

by conchi

Jul 12, 2018

I was looking for something to help me to learn and understand the State of Israel. I find this course very intereseting and higly recomendable. More tan I expected.

by Cesar Alberto Gonzalez Zuarth

Jul 10, 2018

No le califiqué con 5 estrellas únicamente por la falta de una bibliografía que me permita mejorar los conocimientos adquiridos en el curso