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Swiss American Historical Society Review

Swiss American Historical Society Review

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Keywords

Switzerland, Swiss history, European history

Abstract

In 1789, thirteen independent states became a nation, but one lacking any sense of national purpose. The economy of the former colonies remained overwhelmingly agricultural and, despite their having ratified a federal constitution, the first loyalties of most individuals were to their states. Many also feared that an empowered central authority would lead to a return of monarchy and a class-based society.

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