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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 overseas heritage. Zimmer explores why the kingdom turned the focal point of public obstacle at specific old junctures, how assorted 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 move, the publication leads to the Eighteen Nineties whilst Switzerland constructed right into a smooth country.

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77. g. 8 Sim on S cham a’s careful judgem ent on the role o f the Batavian m yth in an incipient Dutch identity can serve as a corrective to teleological narratives o f this kind. 9 Equally, the conspicuous prom inence o f the C onfederate founding narrative from the sixteenth century and particularly the role o f the liberation m ythology in the Swiss Peasant W ar o f 1653 - ought not to be regarded as a m anifestation o f national identity in a m odern sense, let alone a nationalism avant la lettre.

22 CONFEDERATE IDENTITY BEFORE NATIONALISM w as subject to no lord save the Emperor. 19 A ccording to Brady, ‘co m m unes’ w ere ‘sworn associations o f adult m ales form ed to get, guard, and exercise rights o f self­ adm inistration and governm ent’. 20 Confederations o f this kind sprang up all over Europe during the tw elfth and thirteenth centuries. They first appeared in the more urbanised areas o f northern and central Italy, southern G erm any and the Netherlands. Rural com m unes em erged som ew hat later, particularly along the coast o f the N orth Sea and in alpine regions.

They therefore m ark a sig­ nificant step tow ards the territorialisation o f a com m on jurisdiction and penal authority and thus provide evidence o f the C onfederation’s institutional co n ­ solidation in the course o f the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries. T he ‘P riests’ 27 Q u ellen w erk z u r E n tsteh u n g d e r S c h w e ize risc h en E id g en o sse n sch a ft, Section 1: Urkunden, vol. I, Nr. 1681. 28 Sablonier, ‘S w iss C onfederation’, p. 647. S e e also Marchal, ‘D ie Ursprünge der U n­ abhängigkeit’, p.

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