From the constitutional change in the 1660s onwards, Denmark was seen in Europe, especially in Britain, as the »model« of absolutism. This idea of Denmark deeply influenced Danes´ own perception of the identity of their national culture. This volume explores several important episodes in this process of identification, self-identification and the interaction between the two. Across the chapters of the book special attention is devoted to the writings of Ludvig Holberg, Paul-Henri Mallet, Peder Kofod Ancher, Jens Kraft, J.S. Sneedorff, P.F. Suhm, Johannes Ewald, and Tyge Rothe.