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Understanding Switzerland: a course in Basel

November 20, 2019, No comments

In January I am back in Basel, giving a short series of talks about Swiss history and politics – in English. This...

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When the Swiss fought the French

April 30, 2019, No comments

On a low green hill beside the country’s busiest motorway stands a lonely memorial. Thousands drive past it every day but I...

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How the Victorian tourists saw Switzerland

April 19, 2016, No comments

Funny money and rickety trains, annoying beggars and dodgy hoteliers. It doesn’t exactly sound like Switzerland but it is.

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Where in Switzerland is this?

April 19, 2013, 14 Comments

It’s a very old photo of somewhere in Switzerland, but where exactly?

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Landsgemeinde: direct democracy in action

April 25, 2011, 1 Comment

Next Sunday, 1 May, anyone in Switzerland can witness a very Swiss institution. Actually, this year you have two chances

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Seeing Bern in colour

January 14, 2011, 7 Comments

Anyone working in Bern’s tourist sector might be forgiven for thinking ‘crisis? what crisis?’.

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