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Carlsbad Decrees

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DOI: 10.1111/b.9781405189224.2011.x


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Restrictive legislation passed in 1819 by representatives of Austria and the other major German states at a conference held at Carlsbad in Bohemia, and subsequently adopted by the assembly of the german confederation . The edicts were organized by metternich in the wake of the murder of the reactionary writer, August von Kotzebue, by a student. They were aimed at preventing liberal agitation through the introduction of press censorship and greater state control of the universities. Through the Decrees, a government inspector was appointed to each university, teachers guilty of “propagating harmful doctrines” were removed, and student associations were dissolved. The legislation remained in force until 1848 (see also revolutions of 1848–9). ... log in or subscribe to read full text

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