How Did We Get Here?
A History of the Israel-Palestine Conflict

2. Zionism in Theory and Practice

This is the second of a series of eight lectures, sponsored by A Jewish Voice for Peace. This lecture was videotaped on Oct. 28, 2002. The lecturer is Joel Beinin, a professor of middle east history at Stanford University.

About Joel Beinin

Professor of Middle East history at Stanford University. He is currently serving as the President of the Middle East Studies Association of North America, and is also involved with the Middle East Research and Information Project (MERIP) and the Middle East Social and Cultural History Association.

His books include:


The lecture uses two maps. The first is a map of the "Pale of Settlement" in Czarist Russia, which breaks the Pale down into provinces shaded by Jewish population percentage. The following is a different map of the same territory, which provides better geographical references (e.g., city names) and also provides markers for the major pogroms. This map comes from A Historical Atlas of the Jewish People.

Pogroms in the Pale of Settlement

The second map shows Zionist settlements in Palestine up to 1914. Note that, in contrast to last session's map, this one shows virtually no Arab towns. This map comes from the Jewish Virtual Library.

Zionist Settlements, 1881-1914


This is expanded from those events mentioned in the lecture:

Population: The Jewish population in the Pale of Settlement grew from 1.6 million in 1820 to 5.6 million in 1910. From 1881 to 1914 two million Jews emigrated from the Pale of Settlement to the U.S.


Historical Figures:

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