Swiss American Historical Society Review
Napoleon Bonaparte, translator, Switzerland
The federated and neutral nation state we know today as Switzerland owes its modern origins to Napoleon Bonaparte. When Napoleon came into the world in 1769, the Swiss Confederation was a loose configuration of tiny quarrelsome states. As the contemporary, Johannes Bürkli from Zurich, wrote:
[Switzerland] is a virtually unnoticeable dot on the map of Europe, yet it combines all species of government: despotic, oligarchic, aristocratic, democratic. You can find all of them thrown together here in a nutshell.
Maur, Jost Auf der
"Napoleon’s Role in the Making of Modern Switzerland,"
Swiss American Historical Society Review: Vol. 59:
1, Article 3.
Available at: https://scholarsarchive.byu.edu/sahs_review/vol59/iss1/3