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The European origins of Zionist ideologies and their evolution: from East Europe to Israel - JTB335
Title: The European origins of Zionist ideologies and their evolution: from East Europe to Israel
Czech title: Evropské kořeny sionistické ideologie a jejichc evoluce: z východní Evropy o Izraele
Guaranteed by: Department of Russian and East European Studies (23-KRVS)
Faculty: Faculty of Social Sciences
Actual: from 2023
Semester: winter
E-Credits: 6
Examination process: winter s.:
Hours per week, examination: winter s.:1/1, Ex [HT]
Capacity: 20 / unknown (20)
Min. number of students: unlimited
4EU+: no
Virtual mobility / capacity: no
State of the course: taught
Language: English
Teaching methods: full-time
Teaching methods: full-time
Note: course can be enrolled in outside the study plan
enabled for web enrollment
priority enrollment if the course is part of the study plan
Guarantor: Adam Coman, Ph.D.
Dr. Irena Kalhousová
Teacher(s): Adam Coman, Ph.D.
Dr. Irena Kalhousová
Class: Courses for incoming students
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Last update: Adam Coman, Ph.D. (17.09.2023)
Lecturer: Dr. Adam Coman

Timetable: Tuesdays, 17:00-18:20, Room# C322

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Zionism, the Jewish national movement, began developing during the second half of the 19th century. The movement, which consisted of a number of rivalling currents, developed predominantly in Europe, where two-thirds of the Jewish people lived. Consequently, its thinkers, activities, and organizations, were influenced and shaped by contemporary European writers, trends, and events. These included the rise of nationalism and socialism, the clash between progressive movements and reactionary forces, as well as the search for security and stability in times of constant change. Consequently, the different Zionist currents – either socialist, religious, or nationalist – developed their programs in light of European realities and visions, which did not always correspond to the social, economic, and political conditions existing in the land that was to become Israel. Nonetheless, many of the problems they sought to tackle and many of their proposed programs, have endured in contemporary Israel. In the course we will study in what ways did European thought and events influenced Zionism, and what shape these influences have assumed over the time.
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