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CSPO 2555A - Introduction to the Palestinian question

Type d'enseignement : Elective

Semester : Autumn 2017-2018

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English

Pre-requisite

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Course Description

This undergraduate course is designed as an introduction to one of the most debated issues in contemporary history. It does not pretend to cover the complex and multi-faceted developments of the Israeli-Arab conflict, but it is dedicated to the understanding, description and interpretation of the various phases of the so-called “Palestinian question”. Each session will address one critical period of this one-century long historical cycle.

Teachers

FILIU, Jean-Pierre (Professeur des universités à l'IEP de Paris)

Pedagogical format

1. Palestine through History Krämer, chapters 2 and 6. 2. The Balfour declaration and the British mandate (1917-29) Khalidi, chapter 2, Krämer, chapters 8 and 9. 3. The « Great Arab Revolt » (1929-39) Khalidi, chapter 3. 4. WWII and the foundation of Israel (1939-49) Morris, chapters 3, 4 and 5. 5. The Arab occultation of Palestine (1949-67) Jean-Pierre Filiu, « The origins of Hamas », in Journal of Palestine Studies, n°163, Spring 2012. 6. Black September and the October War (1967-74) Shlaim, chapters 8 and 26. 7. The Lebanese crisis (1975-82) David Hirst, Beware of small states, New York, Nation Books, 2010, chapters 5 and 6. 8. Divisions and intifade (1983-90) Jean-Pierre Filiu, Gaza, a history, London : Hurst, 2014, chapters 11 and 12. 9. Madrid, Oslo and the peace process (1991-95) Khalidi, chapter 5. 10. The crisis of the Palestinian Authority (1996-2000) Shaul Mishal and Avraham Sela, The Palestinian Hamas, New York: Columbia University Press, 2000, chapters 5 et 6. 11. The Second intifada (2000-06) Shlaim, chapters 22 and 23. 12. One Palestine against another (2006-14) Sara Roy: "Key Paradigm shifts in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict", in Journal of Palestine Studies, n° 163, spring 2012.

Course validation

- One oral presentation (40% of course mark); - One take-home exam (50% of course mark); - In-class participation (10% of course mark).

Required reading

  • Rashid KHALIDI, The Iron Cage, Boston: Beacon Press, 2006
  • Gudrun KRÄMER, A History of Palestine, Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2008
  • Benny MORRIS, The Birth of the Palestinian Refugee Problem Revisited, New York: Cambridge University Press, 2003
  • Avi SHLAIM, Israel and Palestine, London: Verso, 2009.

Additional required reading

  • Jean-Pierre FILIU, Gaza, a history, London, Hurst, 2014.
  • David HIRST, Beware of small states, New York, Nation Books, 2010.
  • Khaled HROUB, Hamas, a beginner's guide, London, The Other Press, 2009.
  • Roger LOUIS and Avi SHLAIM (dir.), The 1967 Arab-Israeli war, Cambridge, Cambrige University Press, 2012.
  • Shaul MISHAL and Avraham SELA, The Palestinian Hamas, New York, Columbia University Press, 2000.
  • Benny MORRIS, Israel's border wars : 1948-1956, Oxford, Clarendon Press, 1993.
  • Eugene ROGAN and Avi SHLAIM (dir.), The War for Palestine, rewriting the history of 1948, Cambridge, Cambrige University Press, 2001.
  • Joe SACCO, Footnotes in Gaza, New York, Metropolitan Books, 2009.
  • Avi SHLAIM, Lion of Jordan, London, Allen Lane, 2008.
  • Tom SEGEV, 1967, New York, Metropolitan Books, 2007.