Category: War/battle

7. November 2018

20th / 21st century | Politics

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Switzerland as a safe haven for pacifists

During the First World War, Switzerland increasingly became a place of refuge for pacifists. It was thus not only a neutral centre in Europe, but also the focus of countless intrigues.

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2. November 2018

20th / 21st century | Politics

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The Romandy/German peace divide

The outbreak of World War I split the Swiss Peace Society between the German-speaking and the Romandy, or French-speaking, sections. The conflict in which these two linguistic regions became embroiled, referred to as the ‘divide’, presented Switzerland with a crucial internal test.

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31. October 2018

20th / 21st century | Politics

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For peace in a time of war

The outbreak of World War I took Switzerland’s pacifists by surprise. Nevertheless, they intensified their efforts to bring about peace in Europe.

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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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22. May 2018

20th / 21st century | War/battle

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Steel helmet on!

Some soldiers who enlisted to fight in the First World War still wore caps, though the army soon realised that only steel helmets could protect heads against shrapnel injuries.

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