The war of 1864 in Denmark

In 2014 it is 150 years since Denmark lost the duchies Slesvig, Holsten and Lauenborg in the war of 1864. The war was against Prussia and Austria and the reason for the conflict was Slesvig because of the nationalism that really started to blossom at this time. The defeat had huge consequences for Denmark and meant that Denmark was reduced from a great power to a small state. On this board you can find links (most in Danish) about the war of 1864 to both academic and non-academic sources.
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Tom Buk-Swienty’s books about the war in 1864 have been turned into a TV-serial. It is instructed by Ole Bornedal and it will be shown on DR during fall 2014.

Tom Buk-Swienty’s books about the war in 1864 have been turned into a TV-serial. It is instructed by Ole Bornedal and it will be shown on DR during fall 2014.

An introduction in English to the history of Dybbøl.

An introduction in English to the history of Dybbøl.

Tom Buk-Swienty has written two books about the war in 1864. They are called “Slagtebænk Dybbøl” (“Slaughter Bench Dybbøl”) and “Dommedag Als” (“Judgement Day Als”). They are based on material found in archives, but told in a very exciting way. Unfortunately, they are not translated into English, so if you don’t read Danish this would be a perfect motivation to learn it because they are really amazing books!

Tom Buk-Swienty has written two books about the war in 1864. They are called “Slagtebænk Dybbøl” (“Slaughter Bench Dybbøl”) and “Dommedag Als” (“Judgement Day Als”). They are based on material found in archives, but told in a very exciting way. Unfortunately, they are not translated into English, so if you don’t read Danish this would be a perfect motivation to learn it because they are really amazing books!

Tom Buk-Swienty shows around at the battlefields.

Tom Buk-Swienty shows around at the battlefields.

Dybbøl mill was placed at the battlefield at Dybbøl and was destroyed both in first Slesvigian war (1848-1850) and in 1864. It was rebuilt after both wars and today you can see exhibits about the history and what it has meant as a place of remembrance for both Denmark and Germany.

Dybbøl mill was placed at the battlefield at Dybbøl and was destroyed both in first Slesvigian war (1848-1850) and in 1864. It was rebuilt after both wars and today you can see exhibits about the history and what it has meant as a place of remembrance for both Denmark and Germany.

Danmarkshistorien.dk is a webpage made by the history department of Aarhus University. They have made an entire section about the 1864 war with articles, original sources, photos, a quiz, myths about the war and much more.

Danmarkshistorien.dk is a webpage made by the history department of Aarhus University. They have made an entire section about the 1864 war with articles, original sources, photos, a quiz, myths about the war and much more.

Danish singer Lars Lilholt often writes songs about historic events and has also made one about the war in 1864 with an amazing music video.

Danish singer Lars Lilholt often writes songs about historic events and has also made one about the war in 1864 with an amazing music video.

History center Dybbøl Banke is a museum where you can experience the history of 1864 with all your senses!

History center Dybbøl Banke is a museum where you can experience the history of 1864 with all your senses!

Most Danes know the song “Mallebrok er død i krigen i 1864”, but Mallebrok has nothing to do with the war in 1864. Probably Mallebrok is supposed to be the English general John Churchill, the duke of Marlborough (1650-1722). In the beginning of the 18th century the name Marlborough became Marlbrouck in a French song. It is not known when it came to Denmark, but supposedly when Danish children started to sing it the war in 1864 was the war they knew about – hence Mallebrok er død i kringen i…

Most Danes know the song “Mallebrok er død i krigen i 1864”, but Mallebrok has nothing to do with the war in 1864. Probably Mallebrok is supposed to be the English general John Churchill, the duke of Marlborough (1650-1722). In the beginning of the 18th century the name Marlborough became Marlbrouck in a French song. It is not known when it came to Denmark, but supposedly when Danish children started to sing it the war in 1864 was the war they knew about – hence Mallebrok er død i kringen i…

The Danish National Museum opens an exhibit about the 1864 war on November 8 2014.

The Danish National Museum opens an exhibit about the 1864 war on November 8 2014.

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