Switzerland
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Switzerland

Switzerland experienced the First World War as a small state in an exposed, central geographical position. The Swiss government responded to the tense European situation by proclaiming general mobilization on August 1, 1914, and three days later the neutrality of the Swiss Confederation. The traditional pillars of the state’s self-conception and territorial defenses alike were perpetual neutrality and the readiness to defend that neutrality militarily by means of a militia army. Corps…

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Pöhlmann, Markus, “Switzerland”, in: Brill’s Digital Library of World War I. Consulted online on 23 March 2017 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-3786_dlws1_beww1_en_0579>
First published online: 2015



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