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Switzerland: A Village History
     

Switzerland: A Village History

by D. Birmingham
 

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Switzerland is a remarkable country, half of whose territory lies in the Alps. This is the history of one Swiss alpine village. Raising cattle and making cheese brought modest wealth to its struggling peasants until a destructive Napoleonic invasion brought revolution and poverty. Well-being was slowly restored by a democratic unification of Switzerland. The Alps

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Switzerland is a remarkable country, half of whose territory lies in the Alps. This is the history of one Swiss alpine village. Raising cattle and making cheese brought modest wealth to its struggling peasants until a destructive Napoleonic invasion brought revolution and poverty. Well-being was slowly restored by a democratic unification of Switzerland. The Alps took on a romantic tourist glow in the Edwardian age and after the disruptions of two world wars the highland farmers and guest house keeps began to prosper.

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Birmingham (modern history, U. of Kent-Canterbury) begins his story of the alpine village Chateau-d'Oex, in the Gruy<'e>re region, with the colonization of the Alps by Romanized Celtic peoples, who created a cattle economic that became famous for its cheeses. From there he traces it through the transformation from Catholic principality to protestant republic, the politics around the Swiss union in 1848, the ebb and flow of wealthy tourists and the austerities of war in the 20th century, and the social integration of alpine peasants into a unified Switzerland. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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“An enthralling picture of the locality in its broader Swiss and international context. Birmingham’s mastery of the minutiae is coupled with an experienced understanding of the development of rural societies and of the complicated cultural, linguistic and political mix which was and is Switzerland. Vivid and delightful.”

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780312230760
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Publication date:
05/09/2000
Edition description:
2000
Pages:
225
Product dimensions:
5.51(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.03(d)

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David Birmingham is Professor of Modern History at the University of Kent.

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