Category: Modern Age

28. November 2018

Modern Age | Politics

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Switzerland – a country without a capital

Berne has been the permanent location of the Swiss Government since 1848. Previously, other places had also had this honour. Aarau was one, along with Lucerne and Lausanne. The story of a long search.

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12. October 2018

Modern Age | Politics

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Aïssé – from slave to socialite

Her story sounds like a fairy tale from One Thousand and One Nights: as a child, Aïssé (1693/4-1733) found herself on the slave market in Constantinople and grew up in Parisian high society.

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3. October 2018

20th / 21st century | Literature

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Swiss picture books before 1900

Ernst Kreidolf’s Art Nouveau books, in which he brings flowers and insects to life, are among the oldest Swiss picture books. His book “Flower Fairy Tales” was published in 1898. Up until then, illustrated books for younger Swiss children were very rare.

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16. August 2018

Modern Age | Society

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The life of a woman in service for the upper classes

Without servants, most of them female, the extravagant lifestyle of a well-to-do family in centuries past would have been unthinkable. A glimpse behind the brilliantly polished façade of a grand household, with a focus on Jegenstorf Castle near Bern, which is currently running an exhibition dedicated to the subject of women.

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9. August 2018

Modern Age | War/battle

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Suvorov: An offensive goes awry in the high mountains

The diplomatic starting point is surprisingly complex and requires explanation: A Russian general coming from Italy, with the support of Austria, enters into battle against France in what is now Switzerland.

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