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    DescriptionSwitzerland is a special and fascinating place. Its unique institutions, its direct democracy, multi-member executives, absence of strikes, communal autonomy, its universal military service, its wealth, and four national languages make it interesting in itself. But it has wider significance, in representing the 'Europe that did not happen', the Europe that escaped the centralisation of state and economy associated with the modern world. Today, there is a new special feature. Switzerland is an island surrounded by the European Union, and resists membership. Why Switzerland? attempts to answer three related questions: why has such an exception to European norms survived? Why should outsiders notice its peculiarities and what can they learn from them? Finally, can so unusual a society continue to exist when many of the conditions in which it evolved have disappeared? Why Switzerland?, which was first published in 1976, has been completely revised (with new illustrations) to try to answer these questions for the present generation.


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    Title
    Why Switzerland?
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Jonathan Steinberg
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 322
    Width: 152 mm
    Height: 224 mm
    Thickness: 22 mm
    Weight: 499 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780521484534
    ISBN 10: 0521484537
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15500
    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.2
    BIC E4L: HIS
    BIC subject category V2: HBJD
    BIC time period qualifier V2: 3J
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 03
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 01
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 05
    Libri: I-HP
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1DFH
    Ingram Subject Code: HP
    B&T General Subject: 431
    Abridged Dewey: 940
    BISAC V2.8: HIS010000
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    B&T Approval Code: A15202000, A15202003
    BIC subject category V2: 1DFH
    DC22: 949.4
    DC21: 949.4
    LC subject heading: ,
    LC classification: DQ17.S7 1996
    Thema V1.0: NHD
    Thema geographical qualifier V1.0: 1DFH
    Edition
    2, Revised
    Edition statement
    2nd Revised edition
    Illustrations note
    35 b/w illus. 6 maps
    Publisher
    CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
    Imprint name
    CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
    Publication date
    28 September 1996
    Publication City/Country
    Cambridge
    Review quote
    'A masterly little book.' The Times Literary Supplement 'I recommend that you buy it, read it, and realise what you are missing - not just the railways - by not being Swiss.' Swiss Express
    Table of contents
    Preface; 1. Why Switzerland?; 2. History; 3. Politics; 4. Language; 5. Wealth; 6. Religion; 7. Identity; 8. Why Switzerland matters; Appendix: How to vote for the lower house of Parliament (Nationalrat) in Switzerland.