The new departures and ideas emanating from these many personalities, meanwhile, came at a time of political and economic chaos. Huge fires laid waste to large areas of Copenhagen shortly before the turn of the century. A few years later, Denmark lost her fleet, and Copenhagen fell victim to the first bomb and rocket assault against civilians in the world when the British attacked it in 1807. In 1813, a State bankruptcy was declared, and the following year Norway ceased to be part of the Danish realm.
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