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Holly Case


Associate Professor

Office: 309 McGraw Hall
Phone: (607) 255-6143
Fax: (607) 255-0469
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Office Hours: Tuesday: 10:00-12:00, or by appointment

Research and Teaching Interests

Holly Case is a historian of Europe specializing in modern East-Central and Southeastern Europe. Her work focuses on the relationship between foreign policy, social policy, science and literature as manifest in the European state system of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Her book, Between States: The Transylvanian Question and the European Idea during WWII, was published in May 2009. She is currently at work on a history of the emergence of "questions" - the Eastern question, Jewish question, Polish question, woman question, worker question, etc. - in the nineteenth century, as well as a history of the role played by consuls and consular reform in transforming the international system over the course of the nineteenth and into the twentieth century.


Fall 2015:
HIST 1213
FWS: State Surveillance in History Syllabus
HIST 2711
Politics of Violence in Twentieth Century Europe
Spring 2016:
HIST 1600
History of Law: Great Trials Syllabus
HIST 4523
Politics of the Intellectual in 20C Europe

Other Courses Taught at Cornell

1600 History of Law: Great Trials
1511 Intro to Western Civilization
2520 Modern Eastern Europe
2711 Politics of Violence in 20C Europe
4000 Honors Proseminar
4520 History of New Europe
4630 War and Society in Eastern Europe
6010 European History Colloquium
6051 Themes and Issues in Modern European History
6540 Topics in Eastern European History
7090 Intro to Graduate Study of History


Ph.D. Stanford University, 2004
M.A. Stanford University, 2000
B.A. Mount Holyoke College, 1997

Recent Publications and Awards


Between States: The Transylvanian Question and the European Idea during World War II (Stanford, Calif.: Stanford University Press, 2009).

     Received the 2010 Joseph Rothschild Prize in Nationalism and Ethnic Studies, the 2010 Barbara
     Jelavich Prize of the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies, the 2010 George
     Louis Beer Prize of the American Historical Association, and the 2010 Book Prize of the Hungarian
     Studies Association.

Norman M. Naimark and Holly Case, eds., Yugoslavia and Its Historians: Understanding the Balkan Wars of the 1990s (Stanford, Calif.: Stanford University Press, 2003).

Selected Articles, Special Editions of Journals, and Contributions to Edited Volumes

"The 'Social Question,' 1820-1920," in Modern Intellectual History (April, 2015), pp. 1-29.

"The Strange Politics of Federative Ideas in East-Central Europe," in The Journal of Modern History, vol. 85, No. 4 (December 2013), pp. 833-866.

"Refleksje o panstwach satelickich Europy Srodkowo-Wschodniej w II wojnie swiatowej," in Lad wersalsko-ryski w Europie Srodkowo-Wschodniej (1921-1939), Marek Kornat and Magdalena Satora, eds. (Cracow: Lettra-Graphic, 2013), pp. 285-291.

"The Combined Legacies of the 'Jewish Question' and the 'Macedonian Question,'" in Bringing the Dark Past to Light: The Reception of the Holocaust in Postcommunist Europe, John-Paul Himka and Joanna Michlic, eds., (Lincoln, NE and London: University of Nebraska Press, 2013), pp. 352-376.

"Revisionism in Regional Perspective," in Territorial Revisionism and the Allies of Germany in the Second World War: Goals, Expectations, Practices, Marina Cattaruzza, Stefan Dyroff, and Dieter Langewiesche, eds., Vol. XV in the series Austrian and Habsburg Studies (Berghahn Books, 2012), pp. 72-91.

"Reconstruction in East-Central Europe: Clearing the Rubble of Cold War Politics," in Postwar Reconstruction in Europe: International Perspectives, 1945-1949, David Feldman, Mark Mazower, Jessica Rheinisch, eds., Past and Present Supplements, Supplement 6, 2011 (Oxford University Press, 2011), pp. 71-102.

"The Media and State Power in Southeastern Europe up to 1945" in Ottomans into Europeans. The Limits of Institutional Transfer, Alina Mungiu-Pippidi and Wim van Meurs, eds. (London: Hurst; Boulder: Columbia University Press, 2010), pp. 279-305.

"The Holocaust in Regional Perspective: Anti-Semitism and the Holocaust in Hungary, Romania and Slovakia" in Varieties of Anti-Semitism, Peter Kenez and Bruce Thompson, eds. (Newark: University of Delaware Press, 2009), pp. 76-92.

"Being European: East and West," in European Identity, Jeffrey Checkel and Peter Katzenstein, eds. (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009), pp. 111-131.

Recent Awards

Mellon New Directions Fellowship to pursue the study of Ottoman/Turkish Studies and History of Science (2011)

Robert A. and Donna B. Paul Award for Excellence in Advising, awarded by the Cornell University College of Arts and Sciences (2010)


EAST-CENTRAL EUROPE PAST AND PRESENT (recorded interviews with visitors to Cornell on East-Central European history and politics)