Die Grenzboten

Die Grenzboten. Zeitschrift für Politik und Literatur. Hrsg. von Gustav Freytag und Julian Schmidt. Leipzig: Herbig 1841-1922

German fortnightly journal focussing on politics and literature 1

  • Ostindien. In: Die Grenzboten, Zeitschrift für Politik und Literatur. Herausgegeben von Gustav Freitag und Julian Schmidt, Leipzig. 1857 No. 35, S. 351-357 »
  • Die Ereignisse in Ostindien 2. In: Die Grenzboten, Zeitschrift für Politik und Literatur. Herausgegeben von Gustav Freitag und Julian Schmidt, Leipzig. 1857 No. 36, S. 377-391 »
  • Ostindien und England. In: Die Grenzboten, Zeitschrift für Politik und Literatur. Herausgegeben von Gustav Freitag und Julian Schmidt, Leipzig. 1858, Semester I, S. 180-184 »
  • Die englisch-ostindische Verwaltung. In: Die Grenzboten, Zeitschrift für Politik und Literatur. Herausgegeben von Gustav Freitag und Julian Schmidt, Leipzig. 1858, Semester I, Band 11, S. 81-84 »

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1The weekly journal Die Grenzboten (Dispatches from the border) was published between 1841 and 1922. During the period between 1848 and 1857 it was edited primarily by Julian Schmidt and Gustav Freytag. Little has been written about this period of GB , though it deserves attention since the journal figured prominently in formulating the aesthetic and cultural characteristics of German literature and art. Although the post-1857 period of the journal was increasingly aligned with the right, during Schmidt and Freytag’s tenureGB reflects its editors’ moderate liberalism. Further, GB addressed the formative political events of the time – from the failed Frankfurt Revolution of 1848 to the end of the reign of Prussian King Friedrich Wilhelm IV in 1857. Discussions of literature and culture in the Leipzig periodical were characterized by the editors’ desire to forge a common German cultural heritage, a necessity, they believed, if a politically united German state was to be formed.

GB was directed toward educated, middle-class citizens, a group whose numbers steadily increased in the 19th century. [Christopher P. Mcclintick]

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