Island of Peace (Switzerland)

Béatrice Ziegler
During World War I, the idea of Switzerland as a peaceful island was created and propagated by many means, for example postcards. After the end of the war, this metaphor gained the status of a myth, when it was linked to the idea of self-chosen neutrality and military-based independence and placed within the country’s so-called humanitarian tradition. Historians integrated this myth into the dominant narrative about Switzerland in World War I, which obscured the huge...
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