Category: Modern Age

15. July 2020

Modern Age | Women in history

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Around the world in ten years

by Denise Tonella

Lina Bögli, or the transformation from peasant girl to globe-trotting writer. The story of a remarkable 19th-century woman.

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24. June 2020

Modern Age | Society

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The ‘emigration’ savings model

by Andrej Abplanalp

In the 19th century some Swiss villages provided sponsorship to enable poorer members of their community to emigrate, to stave off financial ruin for the village. An example from the Canton of Aargau shows that this emigration wasn’t always entirely voluntary.

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10. June 2020

Modern Age | Society

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Men should fight their natural urges

by Andrej Abplanalp

Onanism makes you infertile and sick. This idea expounded by a doctor from Lausanne spread rapidly in the 18th century, and persisted well into the 20th century.

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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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