By Gary D. Stark
Imperial Germany's governing elite usually sought to censor literature that threatened proven political, social, spiritual, and ethical norms within the identify of public peace, order, and safeguard. It claimed and exercised a prerogative to interfere in literary lifestyles that was once broader than that of its Western pals, yet nonetheless now not large sufficient to avoid the literary neighborhood from hard and subverting the various social norms the country used to be so much decided to protect. This learn is the 1st systematic research in any language of country censorship of literature and theater in imperial Germany (1871–1918). to evaluate the function that formal kingdom controls performed in German literary and political existence in this interval, it examines the motive, functionality, contested criminal foundation, associations, and daily operations of literary censorship in addition to its effectiveness and its impression on authors, publishers, and theater directors.
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