The War for the Public Mind: Political Censorship in Nineteenth-Century Europe


From 1815 to 1914, European governments and their political oppositions were engaged in a constant "war" for the minds of the general population, especially the working classes. The German socialist newspaper, Hamburger Echo declared on September 27, 1910, "In waging our war, we do not throw bombs. Instead we throw our newspapers amongst the masses of the working people. Printing ink is our explosive." This book discusses the censorship of books, newspapers, caricatures, theater, and film through an analytical introductory survey and six chapters by leading specialists who summarize 19th-century censorship practices in the six major countries of continental Europe: Germany, Italy, France, Austria, Russia, and Spain. It is the most comprehensive study ever published about European censorhip practices during the 1815-1914 period.

Additional information

Includes content by:
  • Robin Lenman
  • John A. Davis
  • Robert Justin Goldstein
  • Adrian Shubertz
  • Lothar Höbelt
Publisher: Place of publication:
  • Westport, CT
Publication year:
  • 2000


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