Swissness in a Nutshell

Mix & Remix,

Gianni Haver

  • An accessible, illustrated introduction to Switzerland and its unique characteristics
  • Designed for both those new to Switzerland as well as anyone seeking to finally grasp Swiss identity
  • With delightful cartoons by famed Swiss cartoonist Mix & Remix

This illustrated volume aims to answer a simple question: What is Switzerland?

The answer lies in the alpine nation's myths and landscape, its products and its icons, its embarrassing mistakes and its deserved successes. In this accessible guide's more than two hundred full-colour cartoons, photos, and works of art you'll find everything Swiss, from William Tell to Heidi, Swiss Army Knives to cheese, litter-free streets to punctual trains.

This volume is designed for both those new to Switzerland as well as anyone seeking to finally grasp Swiss identity. With delighful cartoons by famed Swiss cartoonist Mix & Remix, the book darts from Winkelried to Roger Federer, the Second World to chocolate, refugees to downhill skiing.

This is the third volume in Bergli Book's In a Nutshell series, which also includes Swiss History in a Nutshell and Swiss Democracy in a Nutshell, and which is the best source for entertaining and illuminating guides to Swiss culture.

Swissness in a Nutshell

CHF 22.90


Informations

Édition 2014

Format 17,5 x 23,5 cm

Pages 130

Réf 999713

ISBN 978-3-905252-65-1

Public

Tout public

Foreword

Introduction
Overview map
Some concepts

Symbols
The Swiss cross
Helvetia
The crossbow
Edelweiss
Illustrations

Personalities
Ancestors
William Tell
Winkelried
Heidi
General Guisan
Illustrations

Products
Chocolate
Cheese
Swiss Army knife
Fondue, Rösti and Raclette
Typical brands
Illustrations

Buildings and events
National fairs
The Swiss chalet
Bunkers and bomb shelters
Transport
Illustrations

Places
The Matterhorn
The Rütli
Tourist attractions
Illustrations

Know-how
Watchmaking
Banking
Punctuality
Cleanliness
Illustrations

Institutions
The army
The Red Cross
Folklore
Swiss exceptionalism
Illustrations

External relations
Frontiers and the map of Switzerland
Immigration and emigration
Mercenaries
Neutrality
Illustrations

Index

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