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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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Conclusion to Part I

Conclusion to Part I

Frontiers Mental and Physical

(p.55) 12 Conclusion to Part I
The Swiss and their Neighbours, 1460-1560

Tom Scott

Oxford University Press

The situation of Konstanz was only settled when Emperor Charles V reduced it to an Austrian territorial town in 1548. And while the Swiss common lordships survived, Huldrych Zwingli contemplated their abolition in favour of two Protestant power blocs under Zürich in the east and Bern in the west. Zwingli did understand the Rhine as a frontier, but from a theological perspective: the achievement of the valiant God-fearing Swiss from small beginnings. Modern historians remain sceptical of the notion of the Rhine as frontier; what the preceding century had created (despite the propaganda war of mutual name-calling) was a buffer zone within which conflicts could be defused locally. Feudal bonds and knightly associations in the Thurgau survived amidst the supposedly ‘republican’ Swiss Confederation. And the Fricktal survived as a sizeable Habsburg territory south of the Rhine until 1806.

Keywords:   reduction of Konstanz, Zwingli, fate of common lordships, Rhine not frontier but buffer zone, feudal survival in republican Switzerland, survival of Austrian Fricktal

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