The long nineteenth century 1815-1918 Newsletters

The relationship between Switzerland and Great-Britain

The relationship between Switzerland and Great-Britain had its heyday in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries and ended with Churchill’s famous speech and his stay in Zurich in 1946. Ironically, the Confederation  (Eidgenossenschaft) of 13 cantons focused on the Eternal Peace with France until the French invasion of 1798. After the devastating defeat of the Eidgenossen … Read more » “The relationship between Switzerland and Great-Britain”

The Prince Bishopric of Basel after 1813

The Prince-Bishopric of Basel has experienced two major revolutions in the last five hundred years. The title of Prince-Bishopric is a consequence of the status of the Bishop in the Holy Roman Empire, of which it was part. The bishop had the high status of a prince (Reichsfürst/Fürstbischof) in this empire. He stood above dukes … Read more » “The Prince Bishopric of Basel after 1813”

European Satire, parody and wit in Basel

The famous Swiss historian Jacob Christian Burckhardt (1818-1897) was the first to analyse the use of satire, parody and wit in renaissance Europe. He wrote about its developments in the late Middle Ages and how hostile armies, princes, and nobles, provoked one another with symbolical insult, and how the defeated party was loaded with symbolical … Read more » “European Satire, parody and wit in Basel”