The Making of Modern Switzerland, 1848–1998

  • Michael Butler
  • Malcolm Pender
  • Joy Charnley

Part of the New Perspectives in German Studies book series (NPG)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Part I

  3. Part II

  4. Back Matter
    Pages 161-163

About this book


A fascinating collection of essays by leading British and Swiss scholars which explore the development of Swiss democracy from 1848 to the present day. Culture and literature, politics and economics are looked at in turn in an attempt to unravel the extraordinary success of this microcosmic, multicultural society at the heart of Europe. The problem of contemporary Switzerland, faced with rapid changes within the European Union, are outlined with refreshing candour. The question is posed whether the country can retain its distinctive identity and traditional attitudes while at the same time seeking closer cooperation with the newly emerging Europe and accepting the challenges of the globalized economy.


cold war conflict constitution democracy economy Europe European Union European Union (EU) historiography politics

Editors and affiliations

  • Michael Butler
    • 1
  • Malcolm Pender
    • 2
  • Joy Charnley
    • 2
  1. 1.University of BirminghamUK
  2. 2.University of StrathclydeUK

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited 2000
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Palgrave History Collection
  • Print ISBN 978-1-349-42074-2
  • Online ISBN 978-0-230-59813-3
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