Category: 20th / 21st century

5. June 2020

20th / 21st century | Politics

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The Schwarzenbach Initiative

by Dominik Landwehr

It was probably one of the most controversial votes in 20th-century Swiss history: James Schwarzenbach’s ‘excessive immigration’ initiative of 7 June 1970.

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3. June 2020

20th / 21st century | Women in history

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Female focus

by Ricabeth Steiger

In the history of professional photography, there are fewer well-known female photographers than male ones. There have, of course, been more male photographers overall, but this has also been due in part to social convention.

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29. May 2020

20th / 21st century | Technology

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The dream of flying

by Katrin Brunner

The great names in global history weren’t the only ones who dreamed of flying. Even in the Zürcher Unterland, people were designing and building. Lack of money and scarce resources gave rise to some exceedingly creative aircraft.

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27. May 2020

20th / 21st century | Tourism

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When Dutti bought a mountain railway

by Dominik Landwehr

At the end of the 19th century, Switzerland experienced a mountain railway boom. There was feverish building activity on Monte Generoso. But the company was only able to survive with help from Migros.

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22. May 2020

20th / 21st century | Technology

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All electricity is not the same

by Kilian Elsasser

At the beginning of the 20th century, the electrification of the SBB was a hugely important step for the fledgling electricity sector. However, the issue of what type of energy should be used was a source of tension.

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