Anton Zampis: Caricature: 'Every constitution requires exercise / 14 March 1848'

The Battle for a Political Voice


13 March 1848 – Revolution in the imperial capital. Metternich’s rigid system collapsed. The once influential statesman had to flee and the Habsburg government was forced to produce a first constitution. Since this did not treat all levels of society ‘equally’, a conflict-ridden struggle for political participation ensued. Censorship regulations, prohibition of assembly and franchise disqualification were the central points of contention.

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