Why Switzerland?

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First published in 1976, this revised and extended edition offers a unique analysis of the structures that make Switzerland work. Linking an analysis of the microeconomy to politics, history, religion and language, it reveals how a bottom up society has survived in a world of top down states.
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Overview

First published in 1976, this revised and extended edition offers a unique analysis of the structures that make Switzerland work. Linking an analysis of the microeconomy to politics, history, religion and language, it reveals how a bottom up society has survived in a world of top down states.
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"I recommend that you buy it, read it, and realise what you are missing - not just the railways- by not being Swiss." -Swiss Express
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521281447
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 11/27/1980
  • Edition description: 2. ed
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 5.43 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.55 (d)

Table of Contents

List of illustrations
Preface to the second edition
Preface to the first edition
1 Why Switzerland? 1
2 History 8
3 Politics 73
4 Language 129
5 Wealth 163
6 Religion 206
7 Identity 234
8 Why Switzerland matters 254
App How to vote for the lower house of parliament (Nationalrat) in Switzerland 260
Notes 266
Index 288
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 23, 2002

    An encyclopedic, sociological study of a multicultural land

    This work, first published more than a quarter-century ago and twice revised, most recently in 1996, succeeds because the national Swiss characteristics which it explores are essentially timeless and unchanging. While tracing the begrudging and belated enfranchisement of women and the gradual integration of Roman Catholic and Jewish minorities who once were isolated, the author conveys the underlying tensions beneath a remarkably successful experiment in coexistence. As one who lived and worked in Switzerland for more than eight years, and whose own memoir, Living Among The Swiss, was published in January 1999, I can attest that Mr. Steinberg's generalizations ring true to my own experience and observations, and that they are supported by a myriad of political and sociological details that one would normally expect to learn only from a highly educated native. The prose, though scholarly, is highly readable, and evidences deep thought and mature reflection.

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