Sep 27, 2019
"The History of Modern Israel – Part I: From an Idea to a State" is a time demanding course for all of us nowadays to know the real history of modern Israel. Thanks Coursera for the such opportunity.
Feb 03, 2018
The course began with a question..What do we know about Israel(its history)? The course ended with an answer is " Is there anything more to be known?" Excellent course!!!!
von Alec K•
Nov 12, 2015
I found this course to be very interesting. I took this course simultaneously with the one from UCSD on the Holocaust so they enhanced each other. I especially appreciated having a lecture in which Anita Shapira participated - I had already read 'Israel: A History' so it added an extra dimension to that. A couple of small niggles - a) I think a warning for those that don't speak Hebrew that they need to use the subtitles facility(something I've never used before) b) I think some of the English spellings may be ambiguous when translating from Hebrew because of the special use of vowels.
All in all I enjoyed this and hope you provide more courses relating to the Israeli/Palestinian situation. Many ordinary people are very uninformed and vulnerable to misleading propaganda. Courses like this are vital in informing non-Jews.
von Nikola D•
Apr 23, 2018
The professor was great, I really enjoyed listening to him. What I found confusing was the questions on the tests, it didn't seem to me that they reflected the lectures previously given, nor I thought they could measure the level of acquired knowledge.
It would be also nice if professor suggested some literature or, why not, movies and documentaries about certain events mentioned in the lectures, so students can research deeper into the subject and gain better understanding of how modern Israel came to be.
von Sarah E P•
Nov 12, 2015
This is a great introduction to Israel and Middle Eastern politics. It's not too tough- everything is broken down into very manageable 7 or 8 minute lessons, so it's easy to acquire a general understanding of the factors that led to the formation of Israel. Students looking for an in-depth examination may be disappointed, but if you're curious about this fascinating and very relevant chapter of history, this course will give you a good overview, and leave you hungry to learn more.
von Rachel K•
Aug 21, 2018
This was a very good course and taught me a lot about the creation of the State of Israel. One problem I had was that this course seems to assume you have more background knowledge than I had. I often found myself looking up information on my own because I didn't fully understand the different groups or people that were mentioned.
von Mark W•
Nov 18, 2016
An excellent course - as an introduction, it covers the material in a logical way, and presents critical views on actions of parties on all sides. Has whetted my appetite to know more about the history of creation of Israel and to explore particular avenues that couldn't be covered in detail due to introductory nature of course.
von Sophie B•
Dec 06, 2017
VERY INTERESTING - Sometime the accent and speed of the lecturers, however enthralling, it hard to follow. The use of the script and rewatching is then essential! but all in all great course. Has not helped in forming an opinion on current climate, as expected, but has increased dramatically the understa
von Brandon L V•
Nov 23, 2016
Amazing course, this really amplifies the roots and causes of the origin of the creation of the state of Israel. A little bit too much information that I belief can be sintetized, but overall still great to give the student a really solid overview on the context of the British Mandate of Palestine.
von Okunowo O B•
Feb 06, 2020
Through this course, I now have a better understanding of how the State of Israel came to be, as well as the genesis of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict. I want to particularly commend the instructors for demonstrating a high level of objectivity and sound knowledge in delivering the course.
von Mudit A•
Nov 09, 2018
Well constructed course. Provided a good understanding of the basis of the Zionist experiment, and the fundamental causes of the Arab-Israeli conflict. Explanations by both professors were lucid and engaging. Inputs from auxiliary professors brought about nuanced perspectives
von Simi V•
May 17, 2018
There are errors in the transcripts of the lectures (one example: the word "pogrom" is written as "program." I am not going to stay with the course but if anyone wants me to, I can clean up those transcripts (I am a professional editor).
von Kathryn M•
May 16, 2017
I learned so much in this course! My biggest critique would be that a lot of the videos seemed to be recorded at a low volume so they were difficult to hear.
I've taken several other Coursera courses and haven't had that problem.
von Alex B•
Apr 26, 2020
A good course from which I learned some new details. It is pretty basic, although it also expects some previous knowledge. I have some disagreements with the presentation, but overall it was pretty balanced.
von William B•
Nov 06, 2018
This class is pretty well put together and I enjoyed it a lot. Sometimes I had to listen a couple times because he has a thick accent, but that’s great! It’s authentic! Would recommend.
von Jaime L•
Apr 11, 2020
No doubt very interesting and the materials are well developed and organized. I feel like an effort has been made to explain the origins from a fairly neutral point of view.
von Lydia K•
Dec 29, 2016
It starts off a little slow and videos are very quiet but then it becomes really interesting and the short videos and change of presenters make it very easy to follow.
von Bruno F F d S•
Jan 07, 2019
Curso muito interessante, infelizmente nem todos os videos são legendados em português, entretanto os professores e o conteúdo é muito interessante.
von Cesar A G Z•
Jul 10, 2018
No le califiqué con 5 estrellas únicamente por la falta de una bibliografía que me permita mejorar los conocimientos adquiridos en el curso
Dec 01, 2015
A good synopsis of the history of Israel. I enjoyed learning about this subject, and especially enjoyed the interviews and conversations.
von Agnes L•
Jan 12, 2018
Great course, I learned a lot from it. I would have liked more details and larger class, maybe some optional readings
von Sarah S Y•
Apr 20, 2017
Interesting course. Good quick way to gain a better understanding of the conflict between Israel and Palestine.
von Mary L P•
Jan 18, 2016
Excellent course. I enjoyed learning about Israel and will help with understanding world events.
von Deleted A•
May 21, 2020
very informative one, which will provide you an insight to the evolution and history of Israel.
von Shi Y•
Feb 09, 2016
good for people who wanna know the brief. would be better with more details and sorties
von Christopher T C•
Jan 17, 2016
Very good class though at times it could be hard to hear some of the audio lessons
von Varun N•
May 26, 2020
Good one for those interested in Israel and the larger politics of Middle East