Category: Modern Age

26. June 2019

Modern Age | War/battle

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The First Peace of Kappel

by Andrej Abplanalp

490 years ago, on 26 June 1529, the First Peace of Kappel was agreed. Catholics and Protestants laid down their arms at the last minute and ate soup together. But the peace didn’t last long. Two years later, the parties were facing off against each other yet again.

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29. May 2019

Modern Age | Economy

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A one-track life

by Karl Lüönd

At the end of the 19th century, the world was gripped by ‘railway fever’. Swiss expertise was in high demand. Jakob Müller left Lucerne to move to present-day Turkey, where he eventually became the director of the Orient Express.

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17. May 2019

Modern Age | Society

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The dream of a brave new world

by Benedikt Meyer

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

by Petra Koci

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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10. April 2019

Modern Age | War/battle

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Handsome men for ‘Frau Hauptmannin’

by Nathalie Büsser

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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