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A Laboratory of Liberty: The Transformation of Political Culture in Republican Switzerland, 1750-1848

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A Laboratory of Liberty: The Transformation of Political Culture in Republican Switzerland, 1750-1848

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Looking at a series of Swiss political debates, this book offers a case study of a revolutionary transformation to a rights-based society and political culture. Based on a tradition of political innovation and experimentation, Swiss citizens recalibrated their understanding of liberty and republicanism from 1750 to 1848. The resulting hybrid political culture centered around republican ideas, changing understandings of liberty and self-rule. Drawing from the public political debates in three characteristic cantons, A Laboratory of Liberty places the Swiss transformation into a European context. Current trends in Revolutionary studies focus on the revolution in its global context and this book demonstrates that the Swiss case enhances our understanding of the debates over the nature of liberty in the transatlantic world during the Age of Revolution.

ISBN

9789004214644

Publication Date

1-1-2012

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book

Department

Arch Dalrymple III Department of History

Publisher

Brill

Disciplines

European History | Politics and Social Change

A Laboratory of Liberty: The Transformation of Political Culture in Republican Switzerland, 1750-1848

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