The Age of Questions

Lecture | April 6 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 270 Stephens Hall

 Holly Case, Associate Professor of History, Brown University

 Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ISEEES)

The nineteenth century saw the proliferation of questions: the Eastern, social, Jewish, Polish, worker and many other questions were discussed in representative bodies, at treaty negotiations, and in the daily press. Over the course of the next century, questions would be conglomerated into still bigger ones—the European, nationality, social, and agrarian questions—even as they fractured into countless smaller ones, like the Macedonian and Schleswig-Holstein questions, and made their way into various fields of human endeavor (there was a cotton, oyster, and even a sugar question. What brought about the “age of questions,” and what does its trajectory reveal about Eastern Europe in the twentieth-century world?