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Records and rumors: Surveillance and information in late absolutist Denmark (1770–1849)

Publication: Research - peer-reviewJournal article

This article investigates a part of the history of surveillance with a particular focus on surveillance strategies in late absolutist Denmark. It argues that for understanding the present perceptions of surveillance strategies surveillance has to be explored in different historical periods and cultures. From the perspective of information history the article understands surveillance as a strategy used by the information state and legitimized by either warfare or welfare. In the historical period of the Napoleonic wars the Danish absolutist government primarily focused on surveillance to control the population and less on surveillance for the benefit of the population.
Original languageEnglish
JournalSurveillance & Society
Volume15
Issue number2
Pages (from-to)314-325
Number of pages12
ISSN1477-7487
StatePublished - 2017

    Research areas

  • Faculty of Humanities - Surveillance history, information history, Absolutism, Denmark 1770-1848

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