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Reflections on the Swiss Sonderfall

Kaufmann, Eric P. (2011) Reflections on the Swiss Sonderfall. Nations and Nationalism 17 (4), pp. 815-820. ISSN 1354-5078.

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This collection of articles on Swiss national identity is impressive on several counts. First, it gathers together the finest scholars of Swiss nationalism of the new generation: a cohort steeped in the lexicon of theories of nationalism and multiculturalism. Second, it displays impressive rigour: the pieces are so analytical and restrained that one can divine neither whether the authors are Swiss or not, nor whether they are moved by its spirit. Finally, all of these works step in and out of the Swiss case with ease to draw similarities with, and differences from, other countries. They are impressively broad-gauged, moving seamlessly from early modern history to political theory, international relations to social-network analysis. All the while, their analytical frame shifts incessantly from state to canton to commune and back.

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School or Research Centre: Birkbeck Schools and Research Centres > School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy > Politics
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Date Deposited: 12 Oct 2011 10:26
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