ISBN-10: 0521819199

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Oliver Zimmer examines the ways that the Swiss outlined their nationwide id within the 19th century, within the face of a altering family and overseas heritage. Zimmer explores why the state grew to become the point of interest of public quandary at specific ancient junctures, how diverse social actors created and re-created Swiss nationhood, and why the Swiss embraced a few definitions instead of others. starting within the 1760s, which witnessed the genesis of an early nationwide move, the e-book results in the Eighteen Nineties whilst Switzerland constructed right into a smooth state.

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4K On the identity-forging role o f such m yth-sym bol com plexes, see John Armstrong, N a tio n s B e ­ fo r e N a tio n a lism (Chapel Hill/London: U niversity o f North Carolina Press, 1982), p. 8; A nthony D. Sm ith, E th n ic O rig in s o f N a tio n s (Oxford: B lackw ell, 1986), chs. 6 -7 . 49 Marchal, ‘B ellum ju stum ’, p. 124. 50 Cited in Guy P. Marchal, ‘D ie Antwort der Bauern. E lem ente und Schichtungen des eid­ g enössischen G eschichtsbew usstseins am A usgang des M ittelalters’, in H.

Roth and C. W ittich, 3 vols. (Berkeley: University o f California Press, 1979), vol. I, p. 389. ’ Carl J. ’, in Karl W. D eutsch and W illiam J. ), N atio n B uild in g (N ew York: Atherton Press, 1966), pp. 2 7 -3 2 . S ee also the more extensive essay on nation formation by Joseph R. Strayer in the sam e volum e. ' lirnest Gellner, ‘R eply (to A nthony D . ’, N a tio n s a n d N a tio n a lism 2 (1 9 9 6 ) , 3 6 6 -7 . 17 18 CONFEDERATE IDENTITY BEFORE NATIONALISM m odern period in particular produced a set o f conditions - em bodied in political institutions, com m unal narratives, and a specific political culture - that the lateeighteenth-century patriots and nineteenth-century nation-builders alike w ould have to reckon with.

57 A m em ber o f the ruling elite o f his native Glarus, Tschudi w orked in a m anner that was typical o f the chroniclers of his tim e. W hile m aking use o f legal docum ents in his work, he fell back on his im agination to fill in rem aining gaps and to add a poetic flavour to the overall narrative by personalising the historical reconstruction based upon the avail­ able records. A lthough the docum entary evidence available could substantiate neither the events nor all o f the protagonists that constitute the m yths, Tschudi did not hesitate to present them as factual evidence.

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