The Arab-Israeli Conflict: Nationalism, Territory, Religion

This information is for the 2022/23 session.

Teacher responsible

Dr Kirsten Schulze SAR 2.12


This course is available on the BA in History, BA in Social Anthropology, BSc in History and Politics, BSc in International Relations and History, BSc in Politics and History and BSc in Social Anthropology. This course is not available as an outside option. This course is available with permission to General Course students.

The course is available to General Course students whose home department is International History.

Course content

The 1948 Arab-Israeli War; Israeli foreign and defence policy; the 1956 Suez-Sinai Campaign; the 1967 Six-Day War; regime change in Egypt and Syria in 1970; 1970/71 Black September; the 1973 Yom Kippur War; the 1975 Lebanese civil war; the ascendance of the Likud; the Camp David Accords 1979; the invasion of the Lebanon 1982; Palestinian resistance; the 1987 Intifada; the 1991 Madrid Peace Conference; the 1993 Oslo Accords; the 1994 Jordanian-Israeli Peace Treaty; the 2000 al-Aqsa intifada; peace efforts since 2000; the 2006 Lebanon War; and the 2006-2014 Gaza Wars.


20 hours of seminars in the MT. 20 hours of seminars in the LT. 2 hours of seminars in the ST.

Week 6 of both the Michaelmas and the Lent terms will be a Reading Week.

Formative coursework

Students are required to write two essays, including a one-hour timed essay.


Exam (50%, duration: 2 hours) in the summer exam period.
Essay (35%) in the LT.
Class participation (15%) in the MT and LT.

Key facts

Department: International History

Total students 2021/22: 18

Average class size 2021/22: 9

Capped 2021/22: Yes (30)

Value: One Unit

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Personal development skills

  • Leadership
  • Self-management
  • Team working
  • Problem solving
  • Application of information skills
  • Communication
  • Specialist skills