Category: Modern Age

4. June 2018

20th / 21st century | Culture

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Ornaments divided opinion

In the nineteenth century, a heated debate broke out about ornaments and their production. The issue dominated the world of art and culture and was a turning point in the aesthetics of modernity.

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30. May 2018

Modern Age | Society

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The Sun King’s lady spy

Katharina von Wattenwyl, from Bern, made a name for herself at the end of the 17th century. The price she paid for becoming embroiled in spying for the French court was imprisonment, torture and exile. People are still fascinated to this day by the life and fate of this extraordinary woman.

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11. May 2018

Modern Age | Fashion

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Fashion statement and status symbol: the Brämikappe fur hat

In the 17th century, very few women went without a Brämikappe. At least that is the impression we have from countless portraits of women from that time.

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8. May 2018

Modern Age | PoliticsWar/battle

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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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3. May 2018

Modern Age | Politics

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When Aarau became the capital city

220 years ago, Aarau was the political centre of Switzerland. The euphoria was huge, but Aarau retained its status as the capital city for only around five months.

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