A Laboratory of Liberty: The Transformation of Political Culture in Republican Switzerland, 1750-1848
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.
Arch Dalrymple III Department of History
European History | Politics and Social Change
Lerner, Marc H., "A Laboratory of Liberty: The Transformation of Political Culture in Republican Switzerland, 1750-1848" (2012). Liberal Arts Faculty Books. 116.