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Andrej Abplanalp
Historian and communications chief of the Swiss National Museum.

8. May 2018

War/battle | Modern Age | Politics | Article | Featured

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Henry Dunant – A tragic hero

Even today Henry Dunant is revered as the father of the Red Cross. People happily forget the fact that the man from Geneva spent many years living in poverty and ignored by society – and that Dunant actually pursued colonial objectives.

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25. April 2018

Technology | Modern Age | Politics | Society | Economy | Featured

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The time the Bernese put their foot on the gas

The people of Bern are known for their warmth, not for their speed. As far as gas usage goes, though, they were once well ahead of the field – quicker even than their countrymen in Zurich.

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28. February 2018

Collection | Technology | Modern Age | Religion | Featured

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An ingenious timekeeper

In 1594, the brilliant Swiss clockmaker Jost Bürgi built a celestial globe incorporating the new calendar for the German Kaiser.

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15. January 2018

Collection | Research | 20th / 21st century | Economy

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From Obwalden straight to Mars

Maxon Motor from Sachseln equips NASA with electric motors. A success story from central Switzerland.

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27. December 2017

Collection | Modern Age | Society | Featured

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If you’ve got it, flaunt it!

Rich people love to show off their wealth – and this is equally true of the wealthy people of the past.

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