The Wienerisches Diarium. Press, State and Enlightenment in Eighteenth-Century Vienna

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Date(s) - 1 November
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Gonville and Caius College, Senior Parlour


Cambridge New Habsburg Studies Network

Professor Andreas Gestrich (GHIL) – “The „Wienerisches Diarium“. Press, State and Enlightenment in Eighteenth-Century Vienna”

Tuesday 1st November 2016, Senior Parlour, Gonville and Caius College, 5-6.30pm

The “Wienerisches Diarium”, founded in 1703 and renamed Wiener Zeitung in 1780 claims to be the longest running newspaper in the world. Since it was taken over by the van Ghelen family in 1722 it enjoyed a close relationship with the court. The “Diarium” not only became the court’s official newspaper and acted as “Intelligenzblatt”, but also seems to have been granted privileged access to international news. This closeness to the court and to the central government entailed, on the one hand, quite tight control of the papers contents. On the other hand, the wealth of first-hand information available to the editor also opened up some interesting ways of indirect reflections on domestic as well as international politics. This paper looks at the “Diarium’s” reporting and will examine, to what extent it was part of an enlightened public discourse on issues of politics and social and economic improvement.

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