This vividly interesting book is both a history of Switzerland and an intensive case study of one village. Of the nation's many boroughs, the author understandably selected Château-d'Oex, his childhood home. Château-d'Oex, 2010 population 3,231, is in the Canton of Vaud in the upper Saane valley, roughly 32km./20 miles east of Lake Geneva. While the author does not claim the village to be scientifically typical, its trials and victories are Swiss and fairly serve as a national microcosm. The author's supple prose is well served by sixteen pages of excellent pictures and illustrations.
Kladky, William P. Ph.D.
"David Birmingham, Switzerland: A Village History,"
Swiss American Historical Society Review: Vol. 49:
1, Article 12.
Available at: https://scholarsarchive.byu.edu/sahs_review/vol49/iss1/12