modern Switzerland, history, politics, economy, culture
This volume, edited by Rolf Kieser and Kurt R. Spillmann, consists of twentyeight essays written by a group of Swiss scholars and officials. Originally intended as a new edition of the 1978 volume Modern Switzerland (edited by J. Murray Luck, Lukas F. Burckhardt, and Hans Haug), The New Switzerland nonetheless differs significantly in content and perspective from its earlier counterpart. As noted by the editors in the preface, the book does not attempt to provide its readers with a comprehensive account of Switzerland; rather, it seeks to inform a broad international audience through "a discussion of the present and future state of Switzerland conducted by prominent personalities in Swiss public life ... " (vii). The work succeeds in its intended goal; not only does it give an in-depth analysis, as the title suggests, of the problems and policies of contemporary Switzerland, but it also offers much insight into how a cross-section of Swiss intellectuals view the country's past, present, and future.
"Book Review: The New Switzerland Problems and Policies,"
Swiss American Historical Society Review: Vol. 33:
1, Article 8.
Available at: https://scholarsarchive.byu.edu/sahs_review/vol33/iss1/8