Imre Kertész Kolleg Jena

Professor Holly Case

Fellow Holly Case

September 2011 - May 2012
Mail Holly_Cas(at)brown(dot)edu

Holly Case was a fellow at the Imre Kertész Kolleg from September 2011 until May 2012. She is otherwise Associate Professor of History at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY. Prior to Cornell she studied History and Humanities at Stanford University from 1999 to 2004, where she wrote her doctoral dissertation under the mentorship of Norman Naimark. Her book, Between States: The Transylvanian Question and the European Idea during World War II, was published in 2009.

Research Project

The history of social and geopolitical questions of the nineteenth and twentieth century in comparative perspective, with special emphasis on the Jewish question, the woman question, the worker question, the Polish question and the Eastern question. The project considers the relationship between social and geopolitical questions and, by extension, between western and eastern Europe.

Main areas of research

  • Territorial revision and treatment of minorities
  • World War II
  • East-Central Europe
  • History of European renewal and federative schemes
  • Relationship between social policy and foreign relations

Professional Memberships

  • AHA (American Historical Association)
  • ASN (Association for the Study of Nationalities)
  • ASEEES (Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies) -- formerly AAASS
  • HSA (Hungarian Studies Association)
  • SRS (Society for Romanian Studies)

Editorial positions

  • 2009-2011 Cornell University Press, editorial board
  • 2009-present Südost-forschungen (journal, Regensburg, Germany), editorial board
  • 2009-present Múltunk (journal, Budapest, Hungary)
  • 2008-present Rochester University Press, editorial board


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


"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.

"Territorial Revision and the Holocaust: The Case of Hungary and Slovakia during WWII" in Lessons and Legacies: From Generation to Generation, edited by Doris L. Bergen (Evanston, Illinois: Northwestern University Press, 2008), pp. 222-244.


Review essay of three works by Carole Fink, Defending the Rights of Others: The Great Powers, the Jews, and International Minority Protection, 1878-1938 ; "Louis Marshall: An American Jewish Diplomat in Paris, 1919"; "The Palestine Question at the Paris Peace Conference," for H-Diplo, 6 September 2011.

Bryant, Chad: Prague in Black: Nazi Rule and Czech Nationalism, in: Journal of Contemporary History, Jul 2009; vol. 44: pp. 561 - 563.

Judson, Peter: Guardians of the Nation: Activists on the Language Frontiers of Imperial Austria, in: German History, Apr. 2009, Vol. 27, Issue 2, pp. 296-297.

Brubaker, Rogers/ Feischmidt, Margit/ Fox, Jon/ Grancea, Liana: Nationalist Politics and Everyday Ethnicity in a Transylvanian Town, in: Archives européennes de sociologie, XLVIII, 3(2007), pp. 444-447.

Kenez, Peter: Hungary fom the Nazis to the Soviets: The Establishment of the Communist Regime in Hungary, 1944-1948, in: H-Net HABSBURG Discussion Network, October 24, 2007.

Double review of Pelle, János: Sowing the Seeds of Hatred: Anti-Jewish Laws and Hungarian Public Opinion, 1938-1944, and Pritz, Pál: The War Crimes Trial of Hungarian Prime Minister Laszlo Bardossy, in: The Journal of Modern History, vol. 79, No. 1 (March 2007), pp. 230-232.