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The Swiss and their Neighbours, 1460-1560: Between Accommodation and Aggression

Tom Scott


Renewed interest in Swiss history has sought to overcome the old stereotypes of peasant liberty and republican exceptionalism. The heroic age of the Confederation in the fifteenth century is now seen as a turning point as the Swiss polity achieved a measure of institutional consolidation and stability, and began to mark out clear frontiers. This book questions both assumptions. It argues that the administration of the common lordships by the cantons collectively gave rise to as much discord as cooperation, and remained a pragmatic device not a political principle. It argues that the Swiss War ... More

Keywords: Switzerland, composite polities, frontiers, territorial expansion, geopolitics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780198725275
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2017 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198725275.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Tom Scott, author
Honorary Professor, University of St Andrews