1998-12-15Zeitschriftenartikel DOI: 10.18452/7719
Das kommunistische Gespenst – die dänische Linke und 1848
Christiansen, Niels Finn
Also in Denmark the Left failed to play a central role in the revolution of 1848. Despite the active engagement of many Danes in the European Left a socialist mass movement did not manage to establish itself in Denmark which still was a fundamentally agrarian society. Moreover, the Danish Left was a predominantly radical-democratic movement and, in spite, of adopting socialist ideas, particularly from France, it kept, of course, a marked distance to the radical-democratic Left in Europe. Social issues were addressed, but whilst basically taking anti-liberal stands the leading figures, nevertheless, favoured an evolutionary strategy of peaceful change, promoting education and enlightenment. In fact, liberty in the form of universal suffrage, a directly elected chamber of parliament, and a consequent antinationalist stand, were seen as the necessary prerequisites for solving the social question.
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