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The Swiss and their Neighbours, 1460-1560Between Accommodation and Aggression$
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Tom Scott

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780198725275

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2017

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198725275.001.0001

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The Swiss and their Neighbours, 1460-1560

Tom Scott

Oxford University Press

The history of Switzerland has rarely been of lively concern to foreign scholars. Apart from Edward Gibbon in the mid-eighteenth century (whose reflections on Switzerland and on Bern in particular were written in French), English-speaking historians have been content to treat the country as a peripheral curiosity, since neither its constitution nor its governance appear to fit the pattern of nations and states emerging elsewhere in Europe. This neglect has been compounded by Swiss historians themselves, who until recently have devoted their efforts to burnishing the image of a heroic Swiss past which emphasized separation and exceptionalism....

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