By OLIVER ZIMMER
Oliver Zimmer examines the ways that the Swiss outlined their nationwide identification within the 19th century, within the face of a altering household and foreign heritage. Zimmer explores why the kingdom grew to become the point of interest of public main issue at specific old junctures, how diverse social actors created and re-created Swiss nationhood, and why the Swiss embraced a few definitions instead of others. starting within the 1760s, which witnessed the genesis of an early nationwide flow, the e-book leads to the Eighteen Nineties whilst Switzerland built right into a glossy country.
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27 4 . , p. 276. 73 Here I fo llo w Bruce Webster, M e d ie v a l S co tla n d : The M a k in g o f a n Id e n tity (London: M acm illan, 1997), pp. 8 7 -9 3 . An equally su ccessfu l case o f early-m odern com m unalism , o f course, is the U nited Provinces o f the Northern N etherlands. S e e Te Brake, S h a p in g H isto ry, ch. 5.
Cited in Sieber-Lehmann and W ilhelm i, In H e lve tio s, p. 161. 54 Peyer, 'Entstehung der E idgenossenschaft’, p. 194. A long the same lines argues Suter, ‘Protonationalism us’, pp. 3 0 5 -6 . 55 Marchal suspects that the humanist chroniclers have drawn inspiration from an oral tradition that had em erged shortly after the historical events. See Marchal, 'N ouvelles approches des m ythes fondateurs’, pp. 1 -2 4 . 56 The content o f these m yths is discussed in Im H of, M yth o s Sch w eiz, ch.
T he em ergence o f an anti-C onfederate propaganda accom panying the wars no doubt favoured this process o f identity form ation. Fearing a dem onstration effect am ong their own subjects, nobles o f different status and pow er began to set up coalitions against the Sw iss C onfederation. In 1407, the bishops o f A ugsburg and C onstance, the Duke o f Teck, seven counts and eighty-six nobles founded the Society o f Saint G eorge’s Shield, a forerunner o f the Swabian League w hich was to be set up a few decades later in 1488.
A Contested Nation by OLIVER ZIMMER