Swiss History in a Nutshell gives you an easy-to-read insight into the most fascinating moments in Switzerland's rich and colourful history - from its cavemen to its conquests, foundation, growth, independence and prosperity. Switzerland's surprising past as a leading military power in Europe - how Swiss democracy matured through several revolutions - the origins of Swiss cultural differences and how they were overcome to create a stable federal republic how Switzerland's direct democracy, consensus politics and legendary good industrial relations were achieved. Cartoons (naughty and nice) illustrate this kaleidoscope of key events that have created Switzerland as it is today.
Gregoire Nappey has an arts degree from the University of Lausanne where he presented a disseration for the history faculty. In his career as a journalist, he has contributed articles to '20 minutes' where he was deputy editor 2006 to 2009. He is currently deputy editor of the newspaper '24 heures'.
Introduction Before Switzerland (pre-historic to 1291) The foundations (1291-1516) An independent country (1517-1798) Transition to modern Switzerland (1798-1847) The establishment of the Federal State (1848-1914) The 20th century (1914 to the present) Annexes: Timeline, The 26 cantons, index