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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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May 25, 2020

Excellent Course. God Bless Israel.

By Muhammad I R

Dec 25, 2019

Indeed a good learning opportunity!

By Charles B

Jan 20, 2022

Great thanks for the inspiration .


Apr 18, 2020

It was truly an amazing experience

By Lisa S

Aug 1, 2020

Excellent and informative course

By Varun K

Jul 31, 2017

Very interesting and informative

By Johan W

Sep 30, 2016

excellent and very interesting

By Natalia A

Dec 2, 2017

Very clear and easy to follow

By José d J D L C G

Nov 18, 2015

Excellent course and teacher

By Maja B L

Oct 27, 2018

Usefull, clear, excellent

By Antonio G F

Aug 26, 2016

More interesting course.

By Alvares S S 1

May 24, 2019

Absolutely recommended.

By Richard H

Apr 9, 2018

Thank you very much.

By M. P D D S

Jan 18, 2024

Got high knowledge.

By Felipe O

Jul 15, 2019

Very good course!!!

By Denny S

Jun 22, 2021

very informative..

By Lucas M G

Jan 24, 2018

Muito bom o curso.

By Francisco G

Jul 11, 2017

muy buen curso!!!!

By Lili V

Feb 8, 2024

Highly recommend!

By Paulo C

Oct 2, 2022

Ecellent course!

By Enrique H T

Aug 8, 2020

Excellent course!

By RevFaith C

Sep 12, 2017

Excellent Course.

By Steban N

Jun 4, 2016

Excelent Labour!!

By Romelia V

Jan 7, 2016

Excellent course

By Alexis P

Nov 10, 2016

Very well done!