Category: Modern Age

20. May 2020

Middle Ages | Politics

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Switzerland – a land of borders

by Bernhard Graf

Since ancient times, people’s everyday lives have been shaped by intangible dividing lines. Consciously or unconsciously, these boundaries are constantly being crossed.

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6. April 2020

Modern Age | Politics

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Unus pro omnibus, omnes pro uno

by Erika Hebeisen

The political slogan ‘One for all. All for one’ has gained new relevance during the coronavirus crisis. The motto has its roots in the early 16th century.

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27. March 2020

Modern Age | Culture

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The ‘kings’ of Geneva

by Christophe Vuilleumier

The Exercice de l’Arquebuse was a Geneva society which, until 1782, held a festival of marksmanship (Schützenfest) each year, which culminated in the crowning of a ‘king’. This king then ruled temporarily as monarch.

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13. March 2020

20th / 21st century | Economy

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Jakob Fugger – Money and spirit around 1500

by Kurt Messmer

Augsburg: a descendant of a rural weaver became Europe’s most prominent merchant, mining entrepreneur and banker, despite the Bible’s prohibition of usury. A biography sheds light on an era of history – and vice versa.

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21. February 2020

Modern Age | Politics

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Johann Rudolf Schmid von Schwarzenhorn – a Swiss gentleman at the Sultan’s court

by Elisabeth Schraut

While the 16th and 17th-century ‘fear of the Turks’ is still present in the collective consciousness of Central Europe, very few people are aware that there are also numerous examples of a lively cultural exchange during the same period. Right in the thick of it was a Swiss man, Johann Rudolf Schmid von Schwarzenhorn, born in 1590 in Stein am Rhein.

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