A Contested Nation
History, Memory and Nationalism in Switzerland, 1761 1891
By (author) Oliver Zimmer
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Contested Nation by Oliver Zimmer
Book DescriptionThis book examines the ways in which the Swiss defined their national identity in the long nineteenth century, in the face of a changing domestic and international background. Its narrative begins in 1761, when the first Swiss patriotic society of national significance was founded, and ends in 1891, when the Swiss celebrated their 600-year existence as a nation in a monumental national festival. While conceding that the creation of a nation-state in 1848 marked a watershed in the history of Swiss nation-formation, the author does not focus one-sidedly - as many others have done - on the activities of the nationalizing state. Instead, he attributes a key role to the competitive and contentious struggles over the shaping of public institutions and over the symbolic representation of the nation. These struggles, to which the nation-state and civil society contributed in equal measure, were framed increasingly along national lines.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521039802
(228mm x 152mm x 17mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 16-Aug-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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Power and the Nation in European History, Paperback (June 2005)
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A study of how the Swiss gradually defined their national identity in the nineteenth century.
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Author Biography - Oliver Zimmer
Oliver Zimmer was educated at the University of Zurich (Lic. Phil. I) and at the London School of Economics and Political Science (Ph.D.), and he began his academic career at the University of Durham in 1999. In 2005 he took up a University Lectureship (CUF) at Oxford. Previous publications include Nationalism in Europe, 1890-1940 (2003) and Power and the Nation in European History (edited with Len Scales, Cambridge University Press, 2005).
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