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old. It is estimated that in extreme emergency half a million perfectly trained riflemen could take the field. The best general work is La Suisse au 19me Siècle (3 vols. 1898–1900); but see also Hilty's Politisches Jahrbuch der Schweizerischen Eidgenossenschaft (annually since o The best general description of Switzerland is that by H. A. Berlepsch, Schweizerkunde, Land und Volk (2d ed. 1875). Mr. W. H. Dawson has collected much information in his Social Switzerland (1897), which may be supplemented by A. Lecointe's Inventaire des Institutions Economiques et Sociales de la Suisse à la fin du 19 me Siècle (1900). See also Die industrielle u. kommerzielle Schweiz bein Eintritt ins ax. Jahrhundert. History.—It was only in 1815 that the country now known as Switzerland came into existence as a distinct ‘land,’ while the name ‘Switzerland’ was not officially given to the Swiss confederation till 1803. The thirteen cantons which formed this confederation up to 1798 were all German-speaking, for it was only between 1798 and 1815 that the French-speaking, Italian-speaking, and Romansch-speaking cantons were raised to that status from that of subjects or allies. Anciently the house of Hapsburg had gradually obtained great possessions in Swabia, as well as the county of the Zürichgau, when in 1273 its head, Rudolf, was elected to the empire, , and soon after (1282) secured the duchy of Austria. Rudolf's power rapidly increased in Central Switzerland and threatened to deprive of their freedom the small communities settled in the valleys round the Lake of Lucerne. In August, 1291, the three lands (forest cantons) of Uri, Schwyz, and Unterwalden bound themselves together in a defensive alliance, which came to be known as the Everlasting League. This formed the nucleus of the Swiss confederation. But , the , Hapsburgs, even after losing the empire in 1292, and again in 1308, exercised great pressure on the members of the league. Hence in 1315 appeal was made to arms, and i. of Austria led a great army to crush Schwyz, the leader of the league; but he was defeated with great loss on Nov. 15, 1315, at Morgarten. Three weeks later the victors renewed in greater, detail the league of 1291, and it was gradually joined by other districts—in 1332 by Lucerne, in 1351 by the free imperial city of Zürich, and in 1352 by the Austrian districts of Zug (won definitely in , 1364), and Glarus (won , definitely at the battle of Näfels in 1388), and
o in 1353 by the free imperial city of Bern, , which in 1339, at Laupen, had broken the power of the neighboring Burgundian nobles. *Fo progress naturally , irritated the apsburgs, and in 1386 another Leopold made another, attempt to crush it, but met with defeat and death at Sempach on Jo 9, 1386; so that in 1389 the Hapsburgs made a temporary peace, whic after being often prolonged, ended in 1474 in a full renunciation of all claims. The league now took the aggressive, Poio the men of Appenzels (1411) against their lord, the abbot of St. Gall, and making alliances with §§ the town of St. Gall and (1416 with the sister confederation in Valais, or the upper valley of the hône. In 1415, after the excommunication of Frederick of Austria by the Council of Constance, the league made its first conquests—viz. the Hapsburg dominions in the Aargau, henceforth ruled as subjects; while in 1403 Uri took the lead in a first attempt (defeated in 1426), to wrest from the Milanese the Val Leventina and the Val d’Ossola both s. of the Alps. Soon a civi war broke out (1436) among the members of the league with refool to the inheritance of the ast count of o Zürich allying itself with Austria and holding out against the rest, but being finally defeated in , 1450, after the confederates had beaten at St. Jakob |...} near Basel, a band of free-lances coming from France to aid the Austrians. In 1452 the league made its first treaty of alliance with France, while in 1460 Thurgau was taken from Sigismund of Austria. Very soon another enemy appeared on the scene—viz. Charles the Bold, Duke of Burgundy, Bern being in , the forefront against him and his ally, Savoy. Several portions of Savoy were seized (1474–5), by Bern and her allies, who twice inflicted very severe defeats on Charles's army —at Grandson on March 2, 1476, and at Morat, on June 22, 1476 —while they aided in his final defeat at Nancy in January, 1477. These battles established the military fame of the confederates, caused their services to be sought for by France. Quarrels, however, arose as to the division of the Burgundian spoil, which were appeased by the mediation of the holy Niklaus von der Flüe. Five other members were now added to the confederation—in 1481 Fribourg and Soleure (satellites of Bern), in 1501 the free imperial cities of Basel and Schaffhausen, and in 1513 Appenzell, while various towns became allied with the league. In 1497–8 two of the three leagues of Rhaetia
(Grisons) became allies, and in 1499 the confederates helped them to beat the Austrians in the battle in the Calven gorge, after which the confederation became practically free from the empire, though not legally till 1648. arly in the 16th century the attempt to secure lands in the Milanese was renewed—in 1500 Bellinzona was taken by the three forest cantons and in 1512 most of the rest of Tessin by the confederates, as well as Chiavenna and the Waltellina by the Rhaetian leagues. But Swiss rule at Milan itself (1512) was finally crushed at the battle of Marignano in 1515. In 1516 and 1521 close treaties of alliance were made with France, and a few years later the religious reformation, secured a footing first in Zürich (1522–4) and then in Bern (1528). Hence the rising power of the confederation, became paralyzed by internal dissensions as to ese two matters. The peace of Kappel (1531) after the death of Zwingli at the battle there, the death in 1564 of Calvin (who had reformed and ruled rigorously the French-speaking town of Geneva), and the formation by St. Charles Borromeo of the Golden League (1586), mark various phases in the religious conflict, the Roman Catholic members having a majority in the Diet or meeting of envoys from the thirteen full members. The French alliance meanwhile dragged the confederation into various conflicts, and drained it of its men, who became mercenaries, in the French army. . The one brighto in Swiss histo at this period is the legal acknowsedgment by the emperor (1648) that the confederation was entirely independent of the empire, the position of which was practically taken by France. Two disastrous civil-religious wars in 1656 and 1712, a great peasant revolt in 1656, the harsh rule of the sus. ject lands, and the more and more strictly aristocratic rule at home, are the chief events to be noted till signs of a revival of national life became visible in the foundation (1762) of the Helvetic Society. The old political and social state of things finally came to an end in 1798, when the French (as protectors of liberty) overturned the old , confederation, and established the Helvetic republic, made up of twenty-three cantons. But in 1803 Napoleon swept away this system, reviving the thirteen old cantons, and adding to them six others (St. Gall, Grisons, Aargau, Thurgau, Tes. sin, and Vaud); while the old Diet was supplemented by a central overnment, held in turn for a vear y that of the six great cantons. But naturally §§ Napoleon's fall the older state of things came back, the Congress of Vienna add
W. Vischer's Die Sage von der Befreiung der Waldstädte (1867). On constitutional matters con;" J. M. Vincent's Government in Switzerland... (2d ed., 1900), Blumer's Handbuch d. Schweiz. Bundesstaatsrechtes (3 yols. 1877– 91), which is better than Bluntschli’s work (2 vols. 1875), while Dubs’s Das offentliche Recht d. Schw. Edig. (2 vols. 1878) is very clear, and Orelli's Das Staatsrec . Schweiz. , Eidgenossenschaft (1885) is an admissio summary. Liter a tu re.—Swiss literature proper dates from the 16th century, and is written in many tongues. In that age its chief ; were Conrad Gesner, phiologist and naturalist; Äää.
the Liberals got a majority, of cantonal votes in the Diet, civil war was inevitable. The Sonderbund war lasted but three weeks (November, 1847), and ended in the defeat of the Sonderbund. The result was the federal constitution of 1848, which set up a central federal government, a central federal legislature—no longer a Diet, of envoys—and a central federal judicial tribunal. Various rights were secured to every citizen, and the Jesuits were excluded from the territory of the confederation, while Bern was recognized as the capital. . This is the basis of the revised federal constitution of 1874, which introduced the facultative referendum, while in 1891 the initiative for a
tories, M'Crackan's Rise of the Swiss Republic (new ed., 1901). is the best in English, and J. Dierauer's Geschichte d. Schweizerischen Eidgenossenschaft (2 yols. 1887 and 1892) the best in German—it stops at 1516. Complete and detailed are Dåndliker's Geschichte d. Schweiz (3 vols. ed. 1892–5) and Van Muyden’s Histoire de la Nation Suisse (3 vols. 1896–1901). More popular in style (with many illustrations) is the large History by Lutz in German (1900) and Gobat in French (1904). For the origins of Swiss history, see (Echsli's splendid work Die Anjange d. Schweiz. Eidgenossenschaft o A. Rilliet's Les Origines de
Confédération Suisse (1868), and
Tschudi, the founder of Swiss history, and of the Tell legend; Josias Simler and Ulrich Campell, both historians and topographers; besides , the , chroniclers . Stumpf, Valerius, Anshelm, and Cysat; while Nicholas Manuel and Jo: hann V. Travers , represented drama and try in an early form, as well as (in the Suisse Romande) Beza the theologian and Viret. In the 17th century the most prominent names are those of the historians and topographers, Stettler, Merian, Plantin; while the brothers Cysat represented the natural sciences, and Agrippa d'Aubigné and Diodati the department of belles-lettres. The great Swiss literary revival took place in the 18th century. Switzerland
Bourguet founded in 1732 the Journal Helvétique or , Mercure Suisse, while Ruchat and Crousaz devoted themselves to different branches of literature; the ‘Société Helvétique' came into existence in 1760. At Zurich the chief figures were Bodmer and Breitinger, who sought to free German literature from its ancient shackles; Solomon Gessner, the pastoral, poet; Lavater, now best remembered by his writings on physiognomy; and J. J. Scheuchzer, eminent in the physical sciences and a member of the English Royal Society. Bern boasted of Albert Haller, poet and much else besides, and Wyttenbach the naturalist; while at Basel was the philosopher, Isaac Iselin, as well as the mathematicians Euler and the Bernoullis. In the later 18th century the literary centre of Switzerland was Geneva, rendered illustrious by the Geneyese. Rousseau and the stranger Voltaire, and boasting also of the Alpine naturalists and exlorers, Saussure, Bourrit, and the e Lucs, besides Necker and Mallet du Pan, both mainly publicists. Madame de Staël and Benjamin Constant were both of Swiss origin, but belong to European literature. In the early 19th century we have the philosophers P. A. Stapfer, A. Vinet, and Ch. Secrétan; Bridel, who popularized the works of others; Pestalozzi the educationalist: the historians J. von Müller, Żschokke, Vulliemin, and Kopp; and F. Keller, the discoverer of the lake dwellings. In German-speakin Switzerland, |...}. otthel (Bitzius), the describer of peasant life, with the novelists and poets Gottfried Keller, and C. F. Meyer, o prominent. Other well-known men were Amiel, the moralizer; J. R. von Wyss and Juste Olivier, poets. Töpffer, Rambert, and Javelle; describers of the Alps; the scientists Agassiz and Desor; the novelists Cherbuliez, ‘T. Combe'; E. Rod; the literary critic J. V. Widmann; Scartazzini, the expounder of Dante; and many historians, such as G. von Wyss, Dändliker, GEchsli, Dierauer, Meyer v. Knonau, , Daguet, Vaucher, J. Gremaud, and Motta. In Romansch literature we have Ballioppi the philologist, and the poets Caderas and . Flugi; but this revival is purely , literary. . For a general view of past Swiss literature, see the Histories of Dändliker and Van Muyden, and for that of the 19th century, ch. iv. of vol. ii. of La, Suisse au Isme Siècle. Details are given in Bächtold's Geschichte of German-Swiss literature (1892), in those of Godet (1895), and Rossel (1889–91), relating to French Switzerland, and
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