Christian Friedrich Daniel Schubart's Deutsche Chronik and the war of American independence, 1774-1777

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Abstract

This article examines coverage of Britain's conflict with the American colonies in Christian Friedrich Daniel Schubart's popular German-language periodical Deutsche Chronik from March 1774 to the beginning of 1777. Schubart was an enthusiastic supporter of the revolutionary movement, which he thought could serve as a model for German-speaking Europeans. However, Britain's use of German troops against the Americans marked a turning point in the way the Chronik covered the conflict. It not only resulted in a significant increase in reports about American developments, but also compelled Schubart to introduce alternative interpretations of the Americans' struggle with Britain.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)443-458
Number of pages16
JournalJournal for Eighteenth-Century Studies
Volume38
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2015

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Cultural Studies
  • History
  • Visual Arts and Performing Arts
  • Literature and Literary Theory

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