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Historical Dictionary of Switzerland
     

Historical Dictionary of Switzerland

by Leo Schelbert
 

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Switzerland's exceptional scenic beauty of valleys, lakes, and mountains, its central location on international trade routes, and its world famous banking system are just a few elements that have contributed to its rise in the global market. This relatively small nation is actively engaged in the maintenance of peace among nations and at the forefront of technological

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Switzerland's exceptional scenic beauty of valleys, lakes, and mountains, its central location on international trade routes, and its world famous banking system are just a few elements that have contributed to its rise in the global market. This relatively small nation is actively engaged in the maintenance of peace among nations and at the forefront of technological research. Consisting of twenty-six member states, called cantons, the history of the Swiss Confederation is as rich and varied as its culture and people. The Historical Dictionary of Switzerland features the nation's multicultural and democratic traditions and institutions, its complex history, and its people's involvement in past and present world affairs. This is done through a list of abbreviations and acronyms, a chronology, an introduction, appendixes, maps, a bibliography, and hundreds of cross-referenced dictionary entries on important persons, places, events, and institutions, as well as significant political, economic, social, and cultural aspects. This informative, concise, and accurate reference corrects the numerous false impressions of this important country.

Editorial Reviews

September 2007 Wisconsin Bookwatch
...a solid reference and resource....Highly recommended....
October 2007 Swiss Review
...a model for future works....Leo Schelbert seamlessly weaves together the strands of his complex interpretive perspective into a reference work accessible to the general reader as well as the specialist....an example of the historian's craft at its best.
March 2008 American Reference Books Annual
this new volume will help readers to find reference information about the country, its multicultural population, its history, culture, and more....The entries themselves offer a wealth of information....
Reference and Research Book News
In selecting the approximately 1000 topics in Swiss history covered here, Schelbert (history, U. of Zurich, Switzerland) was concerned most with characterizing Switzerland's 26 cantons (member states) and their capitals, with biographical figures whose activities reached international levels, and with each topic's possible relevance to Swiss living abroad and international researchers. Following a timeline and an introduction to the country's geography, politics, society, languages, and history, the entries shed light on Switzerland's earliest human arrivals, the evolution of its four distinct ethnolinguistic groups, its singular role in WWII and global relations since then, and many other subjects. Appendices explain select political terms and offer data on Swiss living abroad.
August 2007 Reference and Research Book News
In selecting the approximately 1000 topics in Swiss history covered here, Schelbert (history, U. of Zurich, Switzerland) was concerned most with characterizing Switzerland's 26 cantons (member states) and their capitals, with biographical figures whose activities reached international levels, and with each topic's possible relevance to Swiss living abroad and international researchers. Following a timeline and an introduction to the country's geography, politics, society, languages, and history, the entries shed light on Switzerland's earliest human arrivals, the evolution of its four distinct ethnolinguistic groups, its singular role in WWII and global relations since then, and many other subjects. Appendices explain select political terms and offer data on Swiss living abroad.
Reference Reviews
Schelbert does an excellent job and the overall balance of material is good and the content and writing within the entries concise but informative.
CHOICE
Part of the ‘Historical Dictionaries of Europe’ series, the second edition of this work updates an excellent 2007 first edition.To cover Switzerland's complex and interesting history, Schelbert created or edited more than 500 entries. In addition to history, the dictionary addresses the country's culture, economy, and complex government. Readers will appreciate the chronology, which gives an overview of Swiss history from the first traces of human presence through the early 21st century, with final entries covering topics such as national voter initiatives in late 2003 and civil marriage rights in 2005. Overall, Schelbert offers a very strong overview of Swiss history, culture, and society, accompanied by a fine bibliography of sources useful for further study. . . [T]his is an excellent work for anyone interested in Switzerland. Summing Up: Recommended. Lower-level undergraduates through researchers/faculty; general readers.
American Reference Books Annual
This publication updates the first edition of the Historical Dictionary of Switzerland. . . .Entries have been revised to include current information, from as late as September 2013, and more than 40 new entries have been added. . . .Examples of new content include controversies about women’s headscarves and the construction of minarets as indicators of domestic discomfort with Muslim immigrants; unresolved disputes with the United States and OECD about the possibility of tax evasion under the tradition of secrecy in banking; and changes in the status of women in law, politics, and the economy.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780810849310
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
04/28/2007
Series:
Historical Dictionaries of Europe Series , #53
Pages:
616
Product dimensions:
5.89(w) x 8.87(h) x 1.80(d)

Meet the Author

Leo Schelbert was Professor of History from 1971 to 2003 at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

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