"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"-- Provided by publisher.
Machine generated contents note: Abbreviations List of illustrations, figures and maps Acknowledgements Glossary Chronology Introduction Before Switzerland : lordship, communities and crises, ca. 1000-1386 Creating the Swiss Confederacy, 1386-1520 A divided Switzerland in Reformation Europe, 1515-1713 The Ancien Regime, 1713-1798 Revolution and contention, 1798-1848 Forging the new nation, 1848-1914 The shocks of war, 1914-1950 The Sonderfall years, 1950-1990 Return to normality? Since 1989 Guide to further reading Index.
Includes bibliographical references (pages 302-309) and index.