ISBN-10: 0521819199

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Oliver Zimmer examines the ways that the Swiss outlined their nationwide id within the 19th century, within the face of a altering household and foreign historical past. Zimmer explores why the state turned the focal point of public main issue at specific historic junctures, how diversified social actors created and re-created Swiss nationhood, and why the Swiss embraced a few definitions instead of others. starting within the 1760s, which witnessed the genesis of an early nationwide flow, the e-book leads to the Nineties while Switzerland constructed right into a smooth kingdom.

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G u illa u m e Tell, N ic o la s d e F lü e e t le s autres, d e s c h ro n iq u es au cin é m a (B asel: Schw abe, 1989), p. 13. 30 CONFEDERATE IDENTITY BEFORE NATIONALISM covenant w ith God. 52 Clergy close to the Reich condem ned this practice. T he D om inican Johannes W inckel, for exam ple, argued that the C onfederates' custom o f praying was but a vain attem pt to conceal their sins. D escribing their practice as ‘reprehensible, evil, and superstitious’, W inckel m aintained that the ‘utterly boorish Swiss, who form ed an alliance against ju stice and com m on religious d o c trin e ,.

D ecisions required either unanim ity (especially for m atters that concerned the C onfederation as a w hole) or m ajority vote, depending on the issue in question. 29 The concordats present another im portant C onfederate institution. M ostly established in the second half o f the fourteenth century, the concordats aimed at preventing the escalation o f conflict betw een Confederates. The concordats w ere agreem ents concluded betw een all the m em ber cantons, w hereas the pre­ vious treaties (with the exception o f the 1291 Treaty betw een the forest cantons) contained special provisions for particular cantons.

80. 4K On the identity-forging role o f such m yth-sym bol com plexes, see John Armstrong, N a tio n s B e ­ fo r e N a tio n a lism (Chapel Hill/London: U niversity o f North Carolina Press, 1982), p. 8; A nthony D. Sm ith, E th n ic O rig in s o f N a tio n s (Oxford: B lackw ell, 1986), chs. 6 -7 . 49 Marchal, ‘B ellum ju stum ’, p. 124. 50 Cited in Guy P. Marchal, ‘D ie Antwort der Bauern. E lem ente und Schichtungen des eid­ g enössischen G eschichtsbew usstseins am A usgang des M ittelalters’, in H.

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