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Hans Christian ØrstedReading Nature's Mind$
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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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| 1839–46 | 1839–46 Politics and Nationalism

| 1839–46 | 1839–46 Politics and Nationalism

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(p.534) 51 | 1839–46 Politics and Nationalism
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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/9780199669264.003.0051

On behalf of the Royal Danish Society Ørsted congratulates the new King, Christian VIII, and expresses hopes of liberation by referring to the monarch's achievements in Norway in 1814, but his rhetoric meets with reservation. Ørsted's cooperation with the King and his defence of the Students’ Union is elaborated. The National-Liberal movement is considered power hungry rather than democratic, and the reservation of the Ørsted brothers, who prioritize the rule of law above democratic rule, is explained. The Schleswig-Holsteinian movement causes precarious problems. On his return from the BAAS-conference in Southampton Ørsted takes part in the GDNÄ conference in Kiel and delivers a speech that is reciprocated with hostility. Politics enters into the realm of science. Ørsted's attitude to nationalism is explained.

Keywords:   Christian VIII, Ørsted's speech and cooperation with the monarch, the Students’ Union, the National-Liberal movement, the Schleswig-Holsteinian movement, the GDNÄ-conference in Kiel, national sentiments

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