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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 Argument about Force

The Argument about Force

The Loaded Questions of a Genocidal Age

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The Age of Questions

Holly Case

Princeton University Press

This chapter examines the argument about force, which views universal war and genocide, the Final Solution, as representative of the fullest realization of the age of questions. It begins with a discussion of rhetoric surrounding a “solution” to the Polish question, and how the ideal of emancipation brought with it the longing for an emancipator, an advocate and liberator. It then considers how questions were bundled to suggest or combine solutions, how equilibrium emerged as the prerequisite for a solution to the Eastern question, and how the Jewish question was formulated in the age of questions. It also explores a number of attributes of the age of questions that figured into the trajectory from a Jewish question to the Final Solution before concluding with an analysis of the chain of questions that Adolf Hitler and the Nazis opened during the years and months preceding the Great War.

Keywords:   force argument, universal war, genocide, Final Solution, questions, Polish question, emancipation, Eastern question, Jewish question, Adolf Hitler

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