The Perception of the French Revolution by the `Wiener ZeitungChristoffer DeutschmannThe French Revolution is considered to be one of the most important historic events in the history of Europe. Almost all modern states are based on the achievements of the years 1789 to 1799. The Revolution marks a turning point in Europe?s political and cultural development and its impact on our present-day understanding of politics and law is enormous. This diploma thesis examines events of the French Revolution and its perception by the `Wiener Zeitung. The main focus of this thesis lies in the analysis of all newspaper editions between 1789 and 1799. It carefully assesses the frequency and magnitude of the coverage as well as why and how certain topics where chosen. Furthermore the attempt will be made to establish a connection between the study of the French Revolution and the investigation of the `Wiener Zeitung, in order to create a harmonious picture of the public awareness of the Revolution. Consequently, this thesis concentrates, in particular, on the point of view represented by the `Wiener Zeitung. It also discusses how they reported on the incidents and which of the events found their way into the newspaper, as well as all the factors that had an impact on the work of the editors. In Vienna, the historical relevance of the events in distant France was definitely already perceived as important in the year 1789. From 1789 onwards, nearly every edition reported on the French Revolution and followed the happenings with great interest. Additionally the thesis points out that the `Wiener Zeitung did not take up a negative position towards the French Revolution at first, but rather sympathised with the events throughout the first years. As a conclusion, this thesis presents an extensive statistical analysis of the frequency and volume of the coverage of the French Revolution by the `Wiener Zeitung.