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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 Progressive Argument

The Progressive Argument

The Age of Emancipation

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The Age of Questions

Holly Case

Princeton University Press

This chapter examines the progressive argument, which views emancipation as the watchword of a fundamentally reformist and sometimes revolutionary age. It first considers how the emancipatory impulse of the age of questions bundled the causes of the Polish question, and how the Polish question intersected with the Belgian question, before discussing the arguments advanced by conservatives against the age of questions. It then explores the essence of questions such as the Polish, Armenian, woman, Jewish, worker, agrarian, Greek, and slavery questions, as well as the social, Eastern, nationalities, and European questions. It also analyzes the perceived contradiction between the ideals of freedom and equality at the root of the social question, and proposed solutions to the social question, such as educating the public through popular pedagogy. Finally, it looks at the genre of the deed and querists' achievements during the age of emancipation.

Keywords:   progressive argument, emancipation, questions, Polish question, Belgian question, conservatives, slavery question, social question, popular pedagogy, deed

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