Historical Dictionary of Switzerland

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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. It consists of twenty-six member states, called cantons and it’s actively engaged in the maintenance of peace among nations. The history of the Swiss Confederation is as rich and varied as its culture and people.

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Overview

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. It consists of twenty-six member states, called cantons and it’s actively engaged in the maintenance of peace among nations. The history of the Swiss Confederation is as rich and varied as its culture and people.

This updated second edition of 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 over 500 cross-referenced dictionary entries on important persons, places, events, and institutions, as well as significant political, economic, social, and cultural aspects. This book is an excellent access point for students, researchers, and anyone wanting to know more about Switzerland.

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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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781442233515
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/21/2014
  • Series: Historical Dictionaries of Europe Series
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 662
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 2.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Leo Schelbert is professor emeritus at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He has authored or edited several books and some 50 articles that explore the history of Swiss abroad as part of the European and Neo-European rise to world dominance between 1500 and 1900. Among other books he wrote the first edition of the Historical Dictionary of Switzerland. In 2006 he was awarded the Swiss Abroad of the Year Prize 2006 by the Free Democratic Party (FDP) International, a section of one of Switzerland’s leading political parties.

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Table of Contents

Part 1 Editor's Foreword Part 2 Preface Part 3 Acronyms and Abbreviations Part 4 Maps Part 5 Chronology Part 6 Introduction Part 7 THE DICTIONARY Part 8 Appendixes Chapter 9 A Abbreviations and Official Names of Switzerland and Its Cantons Chapter 10 B Abbreviations and Names of Political Parties Chapter 11 C Selected Political Terms Chapter 12 D Selected Double Geographic Names Chapter 13 E Resident Population of Swiss Cantons in 1800, 1850, 1900, 1950, 2000 Chapter 14 F Characteristics of the Population of Cantonal Capitals on 31 December 2000 Chapter 15 G Registered and Estimated Swiss Abroad in 1950 Chapter 16 H Registered Swiss Abroad with Single and Dual Citizenship in 2000 Chapter 17 I Main European Countries of Origin of Resident Aliens in Switzerland, 1860-1950 Chapter 18 J Continents and Countries of Origins of Swiss Resident Aliens in 2004 Part 19 Bibliography Part 20 About the Author

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