Holly Case


Associate Professor of History, Brown University

Visiting Fellow
(September 2016 – June 2017)


The Age of Questions

My project covers a period in modern history—roughly 1810 to 1950—when “questions” reigned. The Russian writer Leo Tolstoy wrote his views on the “Eastern question” through the character of Levin in Anna Karenina, the future president of Czechoslovakia penned over 700 pages on the “social question”, and a German novelist expressed his immoderate views on the “oyster question”. When and why did people start thinking in terms of “questions,” and what did it mean?



Hungary’s Real Indians

Native Americans have long been beloved in Hungary, where ‘Indians’ stand for what is real, endangered and exceptional. Viktor Orbán has used the trope to channel demographic anxiety and bolster his anti-migrant rhetoric, but it could also spell trouble for his politics of fear.
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