The Edict of Religion, a Comedy, and the Story and Diary of My Imprisonment Karl Friedrich Bahrdt

ISBN: 9780739100899

Published: January 19th 2000

Hardcover

144 pages


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The Edict of Religion, a Comedy, and the Story and Diary of My Imprisonment  by  Karl Friedrich Bahrdt

The Edict of Religion, a Comedy, and the Story and Diary of My Imprisonment by Karl Friedrich Bahrdt
January 19th 2000 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, audiobook, mp3, RTF | 144 pages | ISBN: 9780739100899 | 7.51 Mb

Wider attention to Carl Friedrich Bahrdt should revise the standard picture of eighteenth-century Germany. German writers were often reported to be apolitical. Historians often claim that the Germans developed a more radical politics in response toMoreWider attention to Carl Friedrich Bahrdt should revise the standard picture of eighteenth-century Germany. German writers were often reported to be apolitical. Historians often claim that the Germans developed a more radical politics in response to the French Revolution. A commonly held stereotype depicts the Germans as having no sense of humor.

Bahrdts 1788 play The Edict of Religion, a ribald work of satire that attacks the tyranny and hypocrisy of the Prussian authorities, shatters these assumptions. The Edict of Religion is chiefly important in the history of ideas because it called for religious freedom, intellectual freedom, and freedom of the press before the French Revolution focused attention on human rights.

Upon its publication, however, Bahrdt confronted the quasi-military discipline of the Prussian state that he denounced. He was tried and imprisoned but could not be silenced. In The Story and Diary of My Imprisonment, also in this volume (and, like The Edict of Religion, here in English for the first time), Bahrdt holds the authorities up to ridicule and defends himself as an innocent victim.



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