politics, Switzerland, United States, treaties
The Civil War known as the Sonderbund and the institutionalization of the Federal State, in 1848, do not solely constitute important historical milestones in Swiss domestic politics. These events, which mark the advent of a modern Switzerland, also had repercussions upon Swiss international politics and diplomacy and, in particular, upon relations with the United States of America. Beginning in 1850, the new liberal-radical authorities concluded a General Convention of Friendship, Reciprocal Establishments, Commerce, and for the Surrender of fugitive Criminals with the "sister Republic."' For the first time in their histories, the two countries regulated several spheres of their relations by legally contractual means.
"Economic Complementarity and Political Solidarity: Concerning the Sources of the First Treaty of 1850 Between Switzerland and the United States,"
Swiss American Historical Society Review: Vol. 42
, Article 2.
Available at: https://scholarsarchive.byu.edu/sahs_review/vol42/iss3/2