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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 Federative Argument

The Federative Argument

The Age of Erasing Borders

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The Age of Questions

Holly Case

Princeton University Press

This chapter examines the federative argument, according to which the erasure of boundaries was the shared ideal of the age of questions. It first considers the Jewish question as an international problem requiring a universal solution before discussing how the social and European questions followed a trajectory from indefinite to definite, as did the solutions to those and other questions. It then explains how the notion of a European question was preceded by a rhetorical bundling of emergent questions, and goes on to analyze the concern expressed by many nineteenth-century querists that unresolved questions threatened the precarious unity of “Europe” itself, along with their argument that there should be a unified European response, the creation of a true and unified European field of action. The chapter also explores the idea of federation as a solution that provides equilibrium between geopolitical and social questions, and between East and West.

Keywords:   federative argument, boundaries, questions, Jewish question, social question, European question, Europe, federation

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