Some history courses focus on a broad region over decades, even centuries. HIST 436 The Land of Israel: Past and Present examines the history of a very small and contested region over a span of more than 3,000 years. Issues we will investigate include: the importance of physical geography, material culture, and the Bible for constructing a coherent history of ancient Canaan/Israel; competing conceptions of the Holy Land in the pre-modern Jewish, Christian, and Islamic traditions; and competing conceptions of the Holy Land in the context of the Arab-Israeli conflict (ca. 1900-present).
The lectures for this CSU Online course are the lectures for the on-campus section of HIST 436 which will be livestreamed on Mondays & Wednesdays 5:00pm-6:15pm (Mountain Time). CSU Online students are encouraged to log in via Zoom to the participate in the on-campus class discussions when their schedules permit. The lectures will also be available via the Echo360 link on the HIST 436 Canvas page.
This course can be applied toward:
3 credits of HIST; NO Freshmen.
Textbooks and Materials
Textbooks and materials can be purchased at the CSU Bookstore unless otherwise indicated.
- Israel: A Concise History of a Nation Reborn (2017)
- Jerusalem: The Biography (2012)
Montefiore, Simon Sebag
- The Oxford Illustrated History of the Holy Land (2018)
Williamson, H. G. M. and Hoyland, Robert
Various primary sources, articles, and book chapters (Available via Canvas).