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About the Course

How did the State of Israel come to be? How is it that an idea, introduced in 19th century Europe, became a reality? And how does that reality prevail in the harsh complexities of the Middle East? Presented by Professor Eyal Naveh, with additional units from Professor Asher Sussers' "The Emergence of the Modern Middle East" course, This course will take you on a journey through the history of Modern Israel. In this 1st part of the course we will explore: How did the 19th century idea of a Jewish state become a reality? So the next time you hear about Israel in the news, you will be informed enough about the history of this area to comprehend the many sides and narratives that interact to shape the complex reality of Israel today. Please note that there is a second part to this course "The History of Modern Israel - Part II: Challenges of Israel as a sovereign state" which is a direct extension of this part. We highly recommend to continue to the second part after you finish this one ( 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...

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Sep 26, 2019

"The History of Modern Israel – Part I: From an Idea to a State" is a time demanding course for all of us nowadays to know the real history of modern Israel. Thanks Coursera for the such opportunity.

Sep 29, 2020

It gave me more insight for me about Israel history. The tutors explained it in a simple way, although some parts of the materials were a little bit difficult to understand

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By Angela T

Aug 22, 2017

Very interesting course which covers a lot of material that I was not previously aware of.

By David P

Sep 5, 2016

Excellent course, thank you so much! I truly enjoyed learning about the histroy of Israel.

By David L

Feb 11, 2018

Very informative lecture of the history of the most important piece of land in the world.

By Michael K

Jan 27, 2016

I learned so much from this course, it added so much flesh to the bones of my knowledge.

By Ryan A M

Aug 25, 2017

Very informative. I honestly say I understand the beginnings of Israel very well know.

By Khalil A M

Feb 25, 2018

Excellent Course, very informative. I hopeful I will join part two of course as well.

By Paul L

Apr 6, 2020

I liked the variety of instructors and the challenging questions, every now and then.

By Annette B

Jun 2, 2017

Really nice course!! I wish the exams would let you see the correct answers though.

By Matthew K

Jan 3, 2017

Incredibly interesting course I would definitely recommend it to anyone interested.

By Denise G I

Feb 25, 2019

Curso bem esclarecedor do início de Israel, bem como do conflito árabe-israelense.

By Matthew P

Apr 22, 2021

Another excellent course from Tel Aviv University. Everything they do is quality!

By Beatriz m d

Dec 11, 2020

The first part has been excellent,very well explained with all its complexity.

By Rodrigo S S

May 29, 2019

Excellent Course. It gives you a perspective of a very controversial issue.

By Osias L

May 5, 2020

Excelente curso, se aprender bastante de la historia del Estado de Israel

By Betsy D

Nov 11, 2015

Great bite-size lessons, very informative and interesting. Thank you!

By Joseph W H

Sep 14, 2016

Very Informative and can't wait for Part II to become available.

By Zoe

May 30, 2017

I am interested in the history of Israel and want to learn more

By osnat r a

Aug 26, 2016

Couldn't stop watching. Very interesting and informative.

By Cynthia C

May 12, 2020

I very much enjoyed and learned a lot from this course.

By Manuel F G

Dec 15, 2016

An excellent course about Israel and his development.

By Nilson L M

Dec 22, 2019

Excelente conteúdo, conciso, verdadeiro e essencial.

By William F

Jul 7, 2017

This course was very informative and well presented.

By Deva A P E S

Apr 14, 2020

This course gave good insights about the country.

By Sarah D

Jan 25, 2021

Very interesting, clear and effective pedagogy

By Milind S

May 15, 2020

The best course I've ever taken on Coursera.