Dictionary of Switzerland

Switzerland is a small country, both in geography and population size, and might almost be marginal if not for its amazing trajectory and continuing political and economic vitality, for it has brought together peoples of different races, religions, languages, and political persuasions in a voluntary union that has withstood the tests of time relatively well. …This does not necessarily make Switzerland an ideal model – there are less admirable aspects as well – but it is definitely a place one should know more about. Alas, its considerable diversity and complexity make it harder to fathom than most other places (L. Schelbert, Historical Dictionary of Switzerland,  Lanham, Maryland 2007).