• S. H. Steinberg
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By 1863 the Federation as created in 1848 had achieved the introduction of a federal currency, the unification of weights and measures, the establishment of the federal post and telegraph administration and the legislation on railway construction. The cantons still had their own common law and their own penal codes, and quite a number of them were just setting up new democratic constitutions, introducing compulsory referendum and popular initiative. Railway construction was in full swing: in 1865 the length of normal-gauge railways was 1,322 km.



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Authors and Affiliations

  • S. H. Steinberg
    • 1
  1. 1.The Royal Historical SocietyUK

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