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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 Farce

The Argument about Farce

The Farcical Age

(p.153) 5 The Argument about Farce
The Age of Questions

Holly Case

Princeton University Press

This chapter focuses on the argument about farce, which describes the age of questions as a mischievous and often malicious pretense. It chastises the smugness of querism and calls out the querists as spin doctors, first by highlighting the shadowy nature of the origins of questions, including the Jewish question, the Polish question, and the Eastern question. It then examines how period queristic mania caused more than a few to stop believing in the reality of questions, and how querists tried to invoke the empirical certainty of science to legitimate their folly. It also explains how, amid the growing consensus that final solutions were not possible, both the form and the content of interventions on questions began to change. Finally, it explores how academics in various disciplines continued to treat questions as real and assign them histories, noting in particular the proliferation of subject bibliographies on questions.

Keywords:   farce argument, questions, Jewish question, Polish question, Eastern question, querism, science, final solutions

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