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on 27 May 2002
This work, first published more than a quarter-century ago and twice revised, most recently in 1996, succeeds because the national Swiss characteristics which it explores are essentially timeless and unchanging. While tracing the begrudging and belated enfranchisement of women and the gradual integration of Roman Catholic and Jewish minorities who once were isolated, the author conveys the underlying tensions beneath a remarkably successful experiment in coexistence. As one who lived and worked in Switzerland for more than eight years [...] I can attest that Mr. Steinberg's generalizations ring true to my own experience and observations, and that they are supported by a myriad of political and sociological details that one would normally expect to learn only from a highly educated native. The prose, though scholarly, is highly readable, and evidences deep thought and mature reflection.
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on 27 May 2002
This work, first published more than a quarter-century ago and twice revised, most recently in 1996, succeeds because the national Swiss characteristics which it explores are essentially timeless and unchanging. While tracing the begrudging and belated enfranchisement of women and the gradual integration of Roman Catholic and Jewish minorities who once were isolated, the author conveys the underlying tensions beneath a remarkably successful experiment in coexistence. As one who lived and worked in Switzerland for more than eight years [...] I can attest that Mr. Steinberg's generalizations ring true to my own experience and observations, and that they are supported by a myriad of political and sociological details that one would normally expect to learn only from a highly educated native. The prose, though scholarly, is highly readable, and evidences deep thought and mature reflection.
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on 22 August 2010
Having lived in Switzerland for a number of years before finding 'Why Switzerland?', I was thrilled to finally find a book that avoided all the usual platitudes heaped on the Swiss. Carefully researched and enthusiastically narrated, I would recommend it to anyone interested not only in Switzerland, but in the future of modern Europe. My copy is oft-read and well-thumbed!
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on 26 July 2010
A superbly researched history of the country that somehow succeeds in its existence as a confederation with 120 cantons and half-cantons, four main languages and two distinct branches of Christianity. A little heavy at times on the details but perhaps expected given the 750 year social and political history being analysed !
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on 5 December 2014
Book in v good condition.Fast delivery.
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