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Dan Ch. Christensen

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199669264

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199669264.001.0001

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| 1848–9 | 1848–9 Civil War and Free Constitution

| 1848–9 | 1848–9 Civil War and Free Constitution

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(p.609) 57 | 1848–9 Civil War and Free Constitution
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Hans Christian Ørsted
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Dan C. Christensen

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199669264.003.0057

King Christian VIII dies in January 1848, while having prepared a new constitution attempting to keep the duchies and the monarchy united. A.S. Ørsted is commissioned to work out the details. This plan satisfied neither the Schleswig-Holsteiners nor the Danish National-Liberals. The complex political events from 18 to 24 March are briefly reported and commented. On 21 March A.S. Ørsted is fired, a new government pursuing the National-Liberal policy-dividing Schleswig from Holstein is formed, and the Danish army is mobilized. Under the threat of civil war, the writer Goldschmidt calls upon H.C. Ørsted as mediator. This came to nothing. Both Ørsted brothers are deprived of their former influence. H.C. Ørsted sends Martensen's pamphlet to Schelling and Humboldt to convince their monarchs that the Schleswig-Holsteiners have no justification for their perjury. The Ørsted brothers’ view on political manipulation is delineated. Ørsted gives political advice to his son-in-law. The Ørsted family takes a summer holiday.

Keywords:   Christian VIII dies, the January-rescript, constitutional change, national-liberal government, A.S. Ørsted fired, H.C. Ørsted as mediator, Martensen's pamphlet, civil war

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