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Oliver Zimmer examines the ways that the Swiss outlined their nationwide id within the 19th century, within the face of a altering family and foreign history. Zimmer explores why the country grew to become the point of interest of public main issue at specific historic junctures, how diversified social actors created and re-created Swiss nationhood, and why the Swiss embraced a few definitions instead of others. starting within the 1760s, which witnessed the genesis of an early nationwide flow, the e-book results in the Eighteen Nineties while Switzerland built right into a sleek kingdom.

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126-7. Cited in Sieber-Lehmann and W ilhelm i, In H e lve tio s, p. 161. 54 Peyer, 'Entstehung der E idgenossenschaft’, p. 194. A long the same lines argues Suter, ‘Protonationalism us’, pp. 3 0 5 -6 . 55 Marchal suspects that the humanist chroniclers have drawn inspiration from an oral tradition that had em erged shortly after the historical events. See Marchal, 'N ouvelles approches des m ythes fondateurs’, pp. 1 -2 4 . 56 The content o f these m yths is discussed in Im H of, M yth o s Sch w eiz, ch.

I, p. 389. ’ Carl J. ’, in Karl W. D eutsch and W illiam J. ), N atio n B uild in g (N ew York: Atherton Press, 1966), pp. 2 7 -3 2 . S ee also the more extensive essay on nation formation by Joseph R. Strayer in the sam e volum e. ' lirnest Gellner, ‘R eply (to A nthony D . ’, N a tio n s a n d N a tio n a lism 2 (1 9 9 6 ) , 3 6 6 -7 . 17 18 CONFEDERATE IDENTITY BEFORE NATIONALISM m odern period in particular produced a set o f conditions - em bodied in political institutions, com m unal narratives, and a specific political culture - that the lateeighteenth-century patriots and nineteenth-century nation-builders alike w ould have to reckon with.

Frem d- u n d F ein d b ild er von d en Schw eizern in a n tieid g en ö ssisch en Texten a u s d e r Z e it von 1386 bis 1532 (Bern: Haupt, 1998). ’ Sam uel, P atriotism , vol. Ill, xxvii. 14 In the course o f the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, this repertoire o f com m unal m yths, narratives and sym bols - w hich centred on the C onfederation’s foundation and liberation in the fourteenth century and interpreted its m ilitary victories as a sign o f a sacred covenant w ith G od - was popularised and dissem inated m ore widely.

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