Category: War/battle

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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22. May 2019

20th / 21st century | Culture

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Art follows bombs

by Andreas Rüfenacht

On 1 April 1944, Schaffhausen was mistakenly bombed. The municipal museum lost more than 80 paintings. Then, artworks to match the scale of the losses started arriving from all over Switzerland. Even now, this level of cultural donation is testament to the huge solidarity compatriots felt for the stricken city.

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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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8. February 2019

20th / 21st century | Politics

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War refugees: the Italians in 1914

by Christophe Vuilleumier

For thousands of Italians living in France, Germany and Austria, the outbreak of the First World War meant getting out. They chose to flee through Switzerland.

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24. December 2018

20th / 21st century | Culture

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The story of a Christmas carol

by Alexander Rechsteiner

Exactly 200 years ago, ‘Silent Night, Holy Night’ was performed for the first time. Thanks to its moving message and captivating melody, it is one of the world’s most popular Christmas carols.

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