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An outside perspective on national history

27.08.2014 – Barbara Engel

Anyone interested in Swiss history has until now primarily been dependent upon books and articles written by German-speaking or French-speaking historians. This has also resulted in Swiss history increasingly being overlooked in an academic world dominated by the English language. That may now change. The prestigious UK publisher Cambridge University Press has released a volume on Switzerland in its “A Concise History of…” series. The two professors Clive Church of the University of Kent and Randolph Head of the University of Riverside in California have produced a highly readable book that is not just intended for academics. Thanks to numerous illustrations and graphical images as well as a detailed chronology, it also serves as a reference book – one which surpasses Wikipedia by some distance and could prove a real source of knowledge for the Swiss abroad.

Clive H. Church, Randolph C. Head: A Concise History of Switzerland; Cambridge University Press 2013; 339 pages; CHF 32.90, EUR 22.50.