17. May 2019

Modern Age | Society

The dream of a brave new world

She spoke no English and had no job. Nonetheless, in 1891 19-year-old Stephanie Cordelier decided to emigrate to the USA.

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16. April 2019

Modern Age | Society

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Switzerland elsewhere

Switzerland was not always a prosperous country. Up until 150 years ago, many set off for distant lands. The emigrants took a piece of their homeland with them and founded towns such as Zurichtal, Berne and Nova Friburgo.

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12. April 2019

20th / 21st century | Culture

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Fighting tradition with rock ’n’ roll

In the 1950s, young people started rebelling against the traditional middle-class values of the time. With dancing and rock ’n’ roll, they aspired to the American lifestyle.

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10. April 2019

Modern Age | War/battle

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Handsome men for ‘Frau Hauptmannin’

Swiss mercenaries – think they were all men? Think again. People tend to forget that in family-run mercenary companies, it was the women who pulled the strings.

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8. April 2019

20th / 21st century | Politics

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The Swiss atomic bomb

For a long time, Switzerland too considered building an atomic bomb. Many felt it was a must. The project was finally abandoned in the 1980s.

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5. April 2019

Modern Age | Politics

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No right of domicile for Jews

The Federal Constitution of 1848 denied Jews free settlement in Switzerland. Only the signing of a trade agreement with France prompted Switzerland to end this discrimination.

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