Category: Modern Age

16. August 2018

Modern Age | Society

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The life of a woman in service for the upper classes

Without servants, most of them female, the extravagant lifestyle of a well-to-do family in centuries past would have been unthinkable. A glimpse behind the brilliantly polished façade of a grand household, with a focus on Jegenstorf Castle near Bern, which is currently running an exhibition dedicated to the subject of women.

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9. August 2018

Modern Age | War/battle

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Suvorov: An offensive goes awry in the high mountains

The diplomatic starting point is surprisingly complex and requires explanation: A Russian general coming from Italy, with the support of Austria, enters into battle against France in what is now Switzerland.

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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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