Georg Büchner: Der Hessische Landbote [The Hessian Messenger] (1070 words)

  • Gerhard P. Knapp (University of Utah)

Der Hessische Landbote [The Hessian Messenger] is among the most acclaimed political texts in German and by far the most powerful call to revolution in pamphlet form written during the era of Restoration (1815-1848) in the German Confederation. After the dismemberment of the Napoleonic empire, central Europe saw a resurgence of absolutism and the concomitant severe fiscal exploitation of the populace as well as brutal suppression of civil rights through police states. Georg Büchner had studied in Strasbourg (1831-1833), a hotbed of populist activity against the repressive Paris government, and absorbed a variety of revolutionary theories: Jacobinism, early communism as formulated by Babeuf and spread by his followers, …

Knapp, Gerhard P.. "Der Hessische Landbote". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 14 March 2003
[, accessed 28 October 2016.]