The Making of Modern Switzerland, 1948-19998

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A fascinating collection of essays by leading British and Swiss scholars that explore the development of Swiss democracy from 1848 to the present day. Culture and literature, politics and economics are looked at in turn in an attempt to unravel the extraordinary success of this microcosmic, multicultural society at the heart of Europe. The problems of contemporary Switzerland, faced with rapid changes within the European Union, are outlined with refreshing candor. The question is posed whether the country can retain its distinctive identity and traditional attitudes while at the same time seeking closer cooperation with the newly emerging Europe and accepting the challenges of the globalized economy.
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British and Swiss scholars explore how the country has evolved since the successful liberal revolution a century and a half ago. They begin with the cultural, historical, and literary aspects, especially the legacy of the revolution in those areas. Then they consider constitutional, political, and economic problems facing Switzerland today. Finally they look at the country's international role in conflict resolution and its economic issues in the context of a rapidly evolving Europe. The eight essays are from October 1998 conferences in Birmingham and Canterbury. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312234591
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 11/28/2000
  • Series: New Perspectives in German Studies Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Pages: 179
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 8.46 (h) x 0.64 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Butler is Head of the Department of German Studies, University of Bingham. Malcolm Pender is Professor of German Studies, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow.

Joy Charnley is Lecturer in French, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow.

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Table of Contents

Part I:
The 1848 Conflicts and their Significance in Swiss Historiography--Thomas Maissen
Contemporary Reactions to '1848' by Writers and Intellectuals--Rèmy Charbon
How to Create a National Myth: Switzerland Reflected in its Contemporary Writing--Urs Bugmann
Part II:
Reforming the Swiss Federal Constitution: An International Lawyer's Perspective--Thomas Cottier
Swiss Politics Today--Wolf Linder
Finding a New Role in International Conflict Resolution: Switzerland after the End of the Cold War--Andrew Williams
The Swiss Economy: Facing the Future--Dominick Furgler
Redefining Swiss Relations with Europe--Clive Church
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