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13. May 2020

20th / 21st century | War/battle

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Mass exodus from Basel

by Gabriel Heim

In May 1940, a Wehrmacht attack was imminent. At least the inhabitants of Basel thought so, and many fled to the interior of Switzerland.

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8. January 2018

20th / 21st century | Society

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NATEL – from status symbol to everyday object

by Juri Jaquemet

In 1978, PTT launched the National Car Telephone, or Natel for short, heralding the start of mobile telephony’s meteoric rise. By the turn of the millennium, the Natel had gone from being a status symbol in Switzerland to an everyday object which everyone takes for granted.

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10. September 2017

20th / 21st century | War/battle

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The Ossola Republic

by Andrej Abplanalp

In autumn 1944, partisan groups liberated a sizeable territory around Domodossola from the Nazis and founded their own republic. But the resistance fighters were at odds with one another and after just over a month the dream of an independent state came to an end. The story of a tragedy on the border with Switzerland.

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6. September 2017

Modern Age | Politics

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Züriputsch

by Alexander Rechsteiner

On 6 September 1839, thousands of farmers from the Zurich Oberland, armed with morning stars, halberds, pitchforks and cudgels, advanced on the cantonal capital city to topple the government. It was one of the bloody climaxes of the conflict between liberals and conservatives in the wild Switzerland of the 1840s.

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26. April 2017

Middle Ages | Society

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Revulsion, Morality and the Fork

by Daniel Di Falco

On the History of Table Manners and Culture.

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