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A Concise History of Switzerland
Contributor(s): Church, Clive H. (Author), Head, Randolph C. (Author)

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ISBN: 0521143829     ISBN-13: 9780521143820
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Binding Type: Paperback - See All Available Formats & Editions
Published: July 2013

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Additional Information
BISAC Categories:
- History | Western Europe - General
- History | Europe - General
Dewey: 949.4
LCCN: 2012031494
Series: Cambridge Concise Histories
Physical Information: 0.7" H x 5.4" W x 8.4" L (1.05 lbs) 339 pages
- Cultural Region - Western Europe
Features: Glossary, Maps
Review Citations: Choice 12/01/2013
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Publisher Description:
Despite its position at the heart of Europe and its quintessentially European nature, Switzerland's history is often overlooked within the English-speaking world. This comprehensive and engaging history of Switzerland traces the historical and cultural development of this fascinating but neglected European country from the end of the Dark Ages up to the present. The authors focus on the initial Confederacy of the Middle Ages; the religious divisions which threatened it after 1500 and its surprising survival amongst Europe's monarchies; the turmoil following the French Revolution and conquest, which continued until the Federal Constitution of 1848; the testing of the Swiss nation through the late nineteenth century and then two World Wars and the Depression of the 1930s; and the unparalleled economic and social growth and political success of the post-war era. The book concludes with a discussion of the contemporary challenges, often shared with neighbours, that shape the country today.

Contributor Bio(s): Head, Randolph C.: - Randolph Head is Professor of European History at the University of California. He has held fellowships from the Institute for Advanced Study, the American Philosophical Society and the Newberry Library. His publications on early modern Switzerland include numerous articles and essays along with two books, Early Modern Democracy in the Grisons (1995) and Jenatsch's Axe (2008).Church, Clive H.: - Clive Church is Emeritus Professor of European Studies at the University of Kent, Canterbury. He has also been a Fellow of the French CNRS, a Visiting Professor at the University of Sussex and a National Research Fund Fellow at the Universitšt Freiburg in Switzerland. His recent publications include Swiss Politics and Government (2004) and, as editor, Switzerland and the EU (2006).
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