Swabian War, Swiss military
By the end of the fifteenth century, the states of the Swiss Confederation had enjoyed almost complete autonomy from the neighboring feudal powers for generations. During the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries, the states of the Swiss Confederation were beset by external threats to their security, independence, and existence. The largest single menace to Swiss independence was the Habsburg family who often controlled their lands according to monarchal authority and a social structure which kept their subject peoples as unfree serfs.
"The Swiss in the Swabian War of 1499: An Analysis of the Swiss Military at the End of the Fifteenth Century,"
Swiss American Historical Society Review: Vol. 56
, Article 4.
Available at: https://scholarsarchive.byu.edu/sahs_review/vol56/iss3/4