Genres of War: Informing a City

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This chapter presents a case study of the communication of information in Copenhagen during the siege in 1807. The purpose of this chapter is to investigate how information was formed by different genres and how these genres relate to different genre systems. Finally, a purpose of this chapter is to shed light over how information from different genre systems merged into an information network mainly found on the streets and squares of Copenhagen.
This chapter has not aimed at generalized findings. If any findings should be recounted it would be that the chapter has mapped how, for example, a specific genre as the proclamation was shaped by different genre systems and directed its readers to a desired field of actions. Those actions depended on the specific purposes of the proclamations.
A traditional focus on the siege has been political and military issues. Lately, research has focused on a cultural approach within the frames of urban history. This chapter contributes to this cultural approach by investigating the informational aspects from a genre perspective.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationGenre theory in Information studies
EditorsJack Andersen
Number of pages21
PublisherEmerald Group Publishing
Publication date2015
ISBN (Print)978-1-78441-255-5
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-78441-254-8
Publication statusPublished - 2015
SeriesStudies in Information

    Research areas

  • Faculty of Humanities - Information history, genre systems, the second battle of Copenhagen, information spheres

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