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Challenge of Neutrality

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Prominent historian and former President of the Swiss Confederation Georges-André Chevallaz begins his study of Swiss neutrality during World War II with two essential questions: Why, in the face of German imperialism—with its authoritarian, totalitarian, and racist ideology—did Switzerland declare neutrality? Why did it not join the "camp of democracies," or the other European nations who resolved to hold firm against the Germans? Chevallaz's provocative and insightful book, presented here for the first time in ...

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Overview

Prominent historian and former President of the Swiss Confederation Georges-André Chevallaz begins his study of Swiss neutrality during World War II with two essential questions: Why, in the face of German imperialism—with its authoritarian, totalitarian, and racist ideology—did Switzerland declare neutrality? Why did it not join the "camp of democracies," or the other European nations who resolved to hold firm against the Germans? Chevallaz's provocative and insightful book, presented here for the first time in English, attempts to answer these questions. Chevallaz further offers an even-handed reevaluation of the role of the principal actors in Swiss politics of the time, notably Marcel Pilet-Golaz, head of the Department of Foreign Affairs, and General Henri Guisan.

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Joseph E. Persico
This account of Swiss endurance and survival is important, not least of all because Switzerland and the United States share many common values, including an abiding commitment to democracy, federalism, and the rule of law. . . . This readable translation of Councilor Chevallaz's book is valuable not only because it captures those shared ideals but, just as important, it gives the reader a more balanced and nuanced understanding of Switzerland during the war than has been presented to us of late.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780739102749
  • Publisher: Lexington Books
  • Publication date: 1/15/2002
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 6.28 (w) x 9.36 (h) x 0.86 (d)

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Georges-André Chevallaz began his career in politics as a member of the Radical Free Democratic Party in 1945 and his career in academia with a teaching position at the University of Lausanne in 1955. Since then he has been mayor of Lausanne, a member of Switzerland's National and Federal Councils, president of the Swiss Confederation for the year 1980, and author of numerous books and articles on the history and politics of his country.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 The Choice of Neutrality Chapter 2 Marcel Pilet-Golaz, Federal Councilor Chapter 3 Threat on the Border Chapter 4 Confusion of June 1940 Chapter 5 The Speech of June 25, 1940 Chapter 6 Reactions to the Speech of June 25 Chapter 7 The Will to Resist Chapter 8 Planning and Deciding on the Redoubt Chapter 9 The Rütli Chapter 10 The Charité-sur-Loire Documents Chapter 11 Reception of the National Movement's Delegation Chapter 12 Pleading for Alignment Chapter 13 Swiss Delegation in Berlin Chapter 14 German Delegation in Bern Chapter 15 An Attempt at a Separate Peace, or the Hausamann Affair? Chapter 16 Economic Survival and Neutrality Chapter 17 Neutrality and Openness Chapter 18 Solidarity Actions Chapter 19 Permanence of the Threat Chapter 20 Beginning of the End Chapter 21 Relations with the USSR Chapter 22 Bitter Ingratitude of Power Chapter 23 The Challenge Met

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