Category: War/battle

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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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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6. April 2018

20th / 21st century | War/battle

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The smuggler invasion

Smuggling on Switzerland’s southern border increased rapidly during the Second World War. People now began being smuggled over the border too.

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4. December 2017

20th / 21st century | Economy

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The dark side of chocolate

The demand for chocolate skyrocketed at the beginning of the 20th century, not least because of World War I. This is the dark side of chocolate history.

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15. October 2017

Middle Ages | Religion

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Material and magic – “Zwingli’s helmet” on a journey through time

The iron helmet in the collection at the Swiss National Museum is said to have once protected the head of Ulrich Zwingli (1484–1531) as he lay dying. Though there is no evidence of the actual origin of this Catholic trophy.

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