The History of Modern Israel – Part I: From an Idea to a State


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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