The World's First Full Press Freedom
The Radical Experiment of Denmark-Norway 1770–1773
The book investigates the world's first full legal press freedom. In 1770, king Christian 7's physician, the German enlightener J.F. Struensee, effectively became ruler of Denmark. His first decree, complete abandonment of censorship, led to 3 years of press freedom and an avalanche of pamphlets and debates. In early 1772, a coup led to his execution, giving rise to European outcry and fascination with the radical political experiment of Denmark.
KeywordsFreedom of expression; enligthened absolutism; Struensee, Johann Friedrich von Denmark.
ISBN9783110771800, 9783110771237, 9783110771862
Publication date and placeBerlin/Boston, 2022
ImprintDe Gruyter Oldenbourg
Early modern history: c 1450/1500 to c 1700
Modern history to 20th century: c 1700 to c 1900
Social & cultural history