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?