The Challenge of Neutrality

The Challenge of Neutrality : Diplomacy and the Defense of Switzerland

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A study of Swiss neutrality during World War II. It asks two essential questions: Why, in the face of German imperialism - with its authoritarian, totalitarian and racist ideology - did Switzerland declare neutrality? Why did it not join the "camp of democracies" or other European nations who resolved to hold firm against the Germans? This insigh tful book attempts to answer these questions and offer an even-handed re-evaluation of the role of the principal actors in Swiss politics of the time, notably Marcel Pilet-Golaz, head of the Department of Foreign Affairs, and General Guisan.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 304 pages
  • 157.5 x 228.6 x 27.9mm | 544.32g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • bibliography, index
  • 0739102745
  • 9780739102749

About Georges Andre Chevallaz

Georges-Andre Chevallaz began his career in politics as a member of the Radical Free Democratic Party in 1945 and his career in academia with a teaching position at the University of Lausanne in 1955. Since then he has been mayor of Lausanne, a member of Switzerland's National and Federal Councils, president of the Swiss Confederation for the year 1980, and author of numerous books and articles on the history and politics of his country.show more

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This account of Swiss endurance and survival is important, not least of all because Switzerland and the United States share many common values, including an abiding commitment to democracy, federalism, and the rule of law. . . . This readable translation of Councilor Chevallaz's book is valuable not only because it captures those shared ideals but, just as important, it gives the reader a more balanced and nuanced understanding of Switzerland during the war than has been presented to us of late.--Joseph E. Persico, coauthor with Colin Powell of My American Journey and author of Roosevelt's Secret War: FDR and World War II Episonage, from theshow more