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Alexander Rechsteiner
Works at the PR department of the Swiss national museum and holds an M A in modern English literature and political science.

18. September 2019

Modern Age | Society | Culture | Article | Featured

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Homesick for the mountains

200 years ago, homesickness was thought to be a typically Swiss affliction. It was triggered by ‘Kuhreihen’, old herdsmen’s songs. The children’s book character Heidi also suffered from homesickness.

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20. June 2019

Protohistory | Classical antiquity | Nature | Article | Featured

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Humans and dogs

Inscriptions, grave finds and remains bear witness to the enduring relationship between humans and dogs, extending across millennia.

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15. March 2019

20th / 21st century | Society | Article | Featured

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Scapegoat

Whether in prehistoric times, in the Middle Ages or today, society needs a scapegoat. By channelling its aggression on to a single victim, a community strengthens it cohesion.

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27. February 2019

Literature | Modern Age | Culture | Article | Featured

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The many lives of Robinson Crusoe

Precisely 300 years ago, Daniel Defoe published Robinson Crusoe, the most successful adventure novel in literary history: the story of the shipwreck survivor stranded on a remote island inspired scores of other ‘robinsonades’.

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6. February 2019

Modern Age | Politics | Society | Article | Featured

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From ‘Landjäger’ to traffic cop

How the modern-day police force evolved out of goods inspections at medieval markets and the expulsion of beggars from the nation’s territory.

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