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The University of Southampton
Lifelong Learning

Britain, Israel and the Modern World

This course will explore the evolving relationship between Britain and Israel from 1948 to the present day, examining a wide range of interconnected socio-political issues and themes such as ‘New’ anti-Semitism, Holocaust memory and decolonisation.

Mount of Olives, Jerusalem
Mount of Olives, Jerusalem

Britain’s near 100-year formal relationship with the Jewish community in what was Palestine and later Israel has always been significant for both nations. However, this relationship has developed substantially since the end of the British controlled Mandate of Palestine in 1948 and the subsequent establishment of the State of Israel. Despite such developments, it remains of key global importance: the position of Britain on the UN Security Council as well as the interaction between the two respective Jewish communities demonstrates the continuing relevance of this historical relationship to the modern world.

This course will provide a detailed overview of a significant international relationship that continues to be of global importance, whilst also focusing on the responses of two Jewish communities to some of the defining moments in modern history.


Date: Wednesday evenings, starting 5 February 2013
Time: 7 - 9 pm
Duration: 12 meetings


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