Available in 2022
Course code



10 units


2000 level

Course handbook


This course examines the historical origins of the current conflict in the Middle East with particular reference to Israel and Palestine. On completion of the course, you will be able to identify major developments of post-Ottoman history. You will understand the importance of the late Ottoman, European and global contexts. You will be able to historically discuss main aspects of the Arab-Israeli conflict and see the interconnections with other conflicts in the Middle East.

Availability2022 Course Timetables


  • Semester 2 - 2022

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Identify major issues pertaining to post-Ottoman conflicts, the Arab-Israeli issue at the first place;

2. Discuss historiographical issues pertaining to the Middle East conflict;

3. Employ research and information literacy skills to identify relevant scholarly sources according to the ethical standards of the field of history;

4. Communicate clear and concise arguments in written and oral forms at an intermediate level.


Course content will be drawn from the following range of topics:

  • Late Ottoman Empire, rise of nationalism, Zionism
  • End of the Ottomans: Great War and demise of an empire
  • Post-Ottoman mandates, British Mandate in Palestine
  • Holocaust, Palestine and Israel
  • The UN and the establishment of Israel
  • Cold War and Middle East: Suez, Six Day, Yom Kippur Wars
  • Liberation/terrorism? PLO, Hamas, Hezbollah, PKK
  • 'Religious turn': Likud, Islamic Revolution, AKP, IS
  • Quest for peace: Camp David, Oslo
  • Outlook on post-9/11 era


This course replaces HIST3672. If you have successfully completed HIST3672 you cannot enrol in this course.

Assumed knowledge

20 units in History at 1000 level or equivalent

Assessment items

Essay: Research essay assignment (50%)

Interview: Personal book review in written or oral form in the style of an interview with another person (20%)

In Term Test: Class test (20%)

Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Tutorial paper contribution (10%)

Contact hours



Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks starting in week 1


Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for 11 Weeks starting in week 2

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