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The Age of QuestionsOr, A First Attempt at an Aggregate History of the Eastern, Social, Woman, American, Jewish, Polish, Bullion, Tuberculosis, and Many Other Questions over the Nineteenth Century, and Beyond$
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Holly Case

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780691131153

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691131153.001.0001

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The National Argument

The National Argument

The Imperial to the National Age

(p.35) 1 The National Argument
The Age of Questions

Holly Case

Princeton University Press

This chapter examines the national argument and traces the age of questions to a British imperial origin. It first discusses the imperial prehistory of the age of questions, noting that Britain occupies a central role in the emergence and spread of questions, and cites examples of “x questions” during the period. These include the American question, the Catholic question, the bullion question, and the West India question. The chapter then considers a crucial development in the history of questions: the rise of an international public sphere during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. It also explores the nationalization of questions and concludes with a case study on Hungary to show how it entered the age of questions, with emphasis on the emergence of the “nationality question”. An epilogue takes a look at the fate of the Ukrainian question in Russia and the Eastern question in Turkey.

Keywords:   national argument, questions, American question, bullion question, international public sphere, Hungary, nationality question, x question, Ukrainian question, Eastern question

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