Palestine-IsraelInstructor: Dale Martin

Dates: Thursdays; Sept. 17 to Oct. 15

Time: 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Location: Hope Lutheran Church

Course Info: Since the late 1940s, arguably more international attention, controversy, aspiration, and condemnation have been focused on the 10,000 sq. mi. between the River Jordan and the Mediterranean Sea than on any other territory of comparable area. Much of this focus resulted from events between 1917 and 1967. This course will consider the widely held belief in the international significance of Israel and Palestine. Then it will examine four crucial events: the Balfour Declaration of 1917, the Arab revolt that began in 1936, and the wars of 1948 and 1967. These had consequences to the present for the peoples in Palestine and Israel, the diaspora of Jews and Palestinians, international diplomacy, and even American domestic politics.

Class Format: Lecture and discussion
Readings: Suggested: The Israel-Palestine Conflict: One Hundred Years of War by James L. Gelvin (3rd ed., Cambridge University Press, 2014)

Instructor Bio:
Dale MartinDale Martin teaches history at Montana State University in Bozeman, including courses on the 20th century Middle East and the First World War. His interest in the Israel and Palestine goes back to 1960s’ bestselling novels of dubious reliability as well as the 1967 war. In the early 1980s he spent two seasons at an archaeological site a few miles from the River Jordan.

Cost: $62.50 - member; $97.50 - nonmember


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