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Basel as Mirror of Western Europe

Basel, Barfusserplatz with view of Leonard Church. Photo RES

The dynamic of economic and social change in Western Europe in the nineteenth century and the outbreak of the First World War mark the dissolution of a primarily agricultural and rigidly hierarchical social order that had survived for many centuries. Basel has always been a European centre of ideas, trade, freedom of thought, cosmopolitism and multiculturalism, … Read more » “Basel as Mirror of Western Europe”

European Satire, parody and wit analysed 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 analysed in Basel”

The end of French rule

Proclamation of 28 December 1798. Photo: Wikipedia.

The French rule over Geneva (and other parts of  Switzerland) came to an end on 30 december 1813. Geneva was liberated by the Austrian Count Ferdinand Bubna von Littiz. Although Catholic Swiss cantons resisted the accession of Geneva to the Swiss Confederation, Geneva joined the ‘Eidgenossenschaft’ on Mai 19th, 1815, together with Neuchâtel and Vallais. … Read more » “The end of French rule”