• J. Scott Keltie
Part of the The Statesman’s Yearbook book series (SYBK)


O. August 1, 1291, the men of Uri, Schwyz, and Lower Unter-walden, entered into a defensive League. In 1353 the League included eight cantons, and in 1513, thirteen. Various associated and protected territories were acquired, but no addition was made to the number of cantons forming the League till 1798. In that year, under the influence of France, the Helvetic Republic was formed, with a regular constitution. This failed to satisfy the cantons, and in 1803 Napoleon, in the Act of Mediation, gave a new constitution and increased the number of cantons to nineteen. In 1815, the perpetual neutrality of Switzerland and the inviolability of her territory were guaranteed by Austria, Great Britain, Portugal, Prussia, and Russia, and the Federal Pact which had been drawn up at Zurich, and which included three new cantons, was accepted by the Congress of Vienna. The Pact remained in force till 1848, when a new constitution, prepared without foreign interference, was accepted by general consent. This, in turn, was, on May 29, 1874, superseded by the constitution which is now in force.


Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Statistical and other Books of Reference concerning Switzerland

1. Official Publications

  1. Annuaire Statistique de la Suisse. Berne.Google Scholar
  2. Bibliographie der Schweizerischen Landeskunde. Bern. In progress.Google Scholar
  3. Eidgenössische Volkszählung vom 1. December, 1888. 4. Bern, 1892.Google Scholar
  4. Feuille fédérale suisse. Bern.Google Scholar
  5. Foreign Office Reports. Annual Series and Miscellaneous Series. 8. London.Google Scholar
  6. Geschäftsberichte des Schweizerischen Bundesraths an die Bundesversammlung. Berne. 1897.Google Scholar
  7. Résultats provisoires du Recensement Fédéral des entreprises agricoles, industrielles et commerciales, Aug. 9, 1905. Berne, 1906.Google Scholar
  8. Resultats du compte d’état de la Confédération suisse. Annual. Berne.Google Scholar
  9. Resultats statistiques du Recensement du 1er Décembre, 1900. 8 vols. Berne, 1904–07.Google Scholar
  10. Sammlung enthaltend die Bundesverfassung und die in Kraft Cestchenden Kantonsverfassungen (in German, French, and Italian). Bern, 1891.Google Scholar
  11. Schweizerische Statistik. Herausgegeben vom Statistischen Bureau des Eidgenöss Departments des Innern. Annual. Bern.Google Scholar
  12. Statistique du commerce de la Suisse avec l’étranger. Berne. Annual.Google Scholar
  13. Statistisches Jahrbuch der Schweiz. Bern. Annual.Google Scholar
  14. Voranschlag der Schweizerischen Eidgenossenschaft. Annual. Bern.Google Scholar

2. Non-Official Publications

  1. Adam. (Sir F. O.), and Cunningha. (C. D.), The Swiss Confederation. 1889.Google Scholar
  2. Affolte. (A.), Gerundzfige des Schweizerischen Staatsrechts. Zurich, 1904.Google Scholar
  3. Almanach fédéral suisse pour 1896. Berne, 1896.Google Scholar
  4. Baedeker’. Switzerland. 22nd edition. Leipzig, 1907.Google Scholar
  5. Bake. (Grenfell), The Model Republic: a History of the Rise and Progress of the Swiss People. London, 1895.Google Scholar
  6. Bal. (J.), The Central Alps, Part I. New edition. London, 1907.Google Scholar
  7. Blume. (J. J.), Handbuch des Schwerischen Bundesstaatsrechtes. Basel, 1891.Google Scholar
  8. Burckhard. (W.), Kommentar des Schweiz. Bundesverfassung. Bern, 1905.Google Scholar
  9. Conwa. (Sir W. M.), The Alps from End to End. London, 1895.Google Scholar
  10. Conwa. (Sir W. M.) and Coolidg. (W. A. B.), Climbers’ Guides. London, 1892, &c.Google Scholar
  11. Coolidg. and Bal. (J.), Alpine Guide: the Western Alps. London, 1898.Google Scholar
  12. Coolidg. (W. A. B.), Swiss Travel and Swiss Guide Books. 8. London, 1893.—Guide to Switzerland. London, 1901.Google Scholar
  13. Curt. (E.), Geschichte der schweizerischen Volksgesetzgebung. 2nd ed. Zürich, 1885.Google Scholar
  14. Daendlike. (Carl), Geschichte der Schweiz. 2 vols. Zürich, 1892. [Condensed Eng. Trans, by E. Salisbury. London, 1898.]Google Scholar
  15. Dawso. (W. S.). Social Switzerland. London, 1897.Google Scholar
  16. Deploig. (S.), Le Beferendura en Suisse. 8. Brussels, 1892. [Eng. Trans. London, 1898.Google Scholar
  17. Dub. (Jacob), Das oeffentliche Recht der schweizerischen Eidgenossenschaft. 2 pts. 8. Zürich, 1878.Google Scholar
  18. Duboi. (M.) and Gu. (C.), Album Géographique. III. Paris, 1899.Google Scholar
  19. Forbe. (J. D.), Travels through the Alps. New ed. London, 1900.Google Scholar
  20. Gribbl. (F.), Lake Geneva and its Literary Landmarks. London, 1901.Google Scholar
  21. Hee. (J. C), Die Schweiz [in ‘Land und Leute’ series]. Bielefeld and Leipzig, 1902.Google Scholar
  22. Jame. (E. J.) (Translator), The Federal Constitution of Switzerland 8. Philadelphia, 1890.Google Scholar
  23. Ja. (Raoul), Etudes sur la question ouvrière en Suisse. 8. Paris, 1893.Google Scholar
  24. Kaise. (S.) and Strickle. (J.), Geschichte und Texte der Bundesverfassung und Schweizerischen Eidgenossenschaft. Bern, 1901Google Scholar
  25. Knap. (C), Bore. (M.), et Attinge. (V.), Dictionnaire géographique de la Suisse. [Published both in French and German.] Neuchâtel, 1900–1906.Google Scholar
  26. Laviss. (E.) et Rambau. (A.) (Editors), Histoire Générale: La Suisse de 1815 à 1848; de 1848 à nos jours. Par Fr. de Crue. Vols. X, XI. Paris 1898 and 1899.Google Scholar
  27. MacCraeka. (W. D.), The Rise of the Swiss Republic. 8. London, 1892.Google Scholar
  28. Macmillan’. Guide to Switzerland. London, 1903.Google Scholar
  29. Murray’. Handbook for Switzerland. 19th ed. 8. London, 1905.Google Scholar
  30. Muyde. (B. van), Histoire de la Nation Suisse. 3 vols. Lausanne, 1896–1901Google Scholar
  31. Oechsl. (W.), Die Anfänge der schweizerischen Eidgenossenschaft. 8. Zürich, 1891.— Geschichte der Schweiz im Neunzehnten Jahrhundert. Erster Band, 1798–1813. Leipzig, 1903.Google Scholar
  32. Rea. (Meredith), Historie Studies in Vaud, Berne, and Savoy. 2 vols. London, 1897.Google Scholar
  33. Reclu. (Elisée), Nouvelle Géographie Universelle. Vol. III. 8. Paris, 1878.Google Scholar
  34. Re. (Guido), The Matterhorn [Eng. Trans.]. London, 1907.Google Scholar
  35. Reymon. (H.), Etudes sur les Institutions civiles de la Suisse. 8. Geneva, 1885.Google Scholar
  36. Richma. (I. B.), Appenzell: Pure Democracy and Pastoral Life in Inner-Rhoden. London, 1895.Google Scholar
  37. Rillie. (Albert), Les Origines de la Confédération Suisse—Histoire et Légende. 8. Geneva and Bâle, 1868.—Histoire de la Restauration de la Bèpublique de Genève. 8. Geneva, 1849.Google Scholar
  38. Sali. (L, R. de), Le Droit Fédéral Suisse, 2nd ed. Berne, 1902.Google Scholar
  39. Schollenberge. (J.), Bundesverfassung der Schweizerischen Eidgenossenschaft. Kommentar mit Einleit. Berlin, 1905.Google Scholar
  40. Seignobo., Histoire politique de l’Europe contemporaine. Paris, 1897. [Eng. Trans. 2 vols. London, 1900.]Google Scholar
  41. Seippe. (P.) (Editor), La Suisse au XIXme Siècle. 3 vols. Lausanne, 1898–1900.Google Scholar
  42. Sotoerb. (J.), The Forest Cantons of Switzerland. 8. London, 1892.Google Scholar
  43. Stea. (R.) and Hu. (L.), Switzerland. In’ story of the Nations’ Series. 8. London, 1890.Google Scholar
  44. Stephe. (L.), The Playground of Europe. London, 1894.Google Scholar
  45. Stor. (A. T.), Swiss Life in Town and Country. London, 1902.Google Scholar
  46. Umlauf. (F.), The Alps. Translated by L. Brough. 8. London, 1889.Google Scholar
  47. Vulliemi. (L.), Histoire de la Confédération Suisse. 2 vols. Lausanne, 1879.Google Scholar
  48. Whympe. (E.), Scrambles amongst the Alps, 1860–69. London, 3893.—Chamounix and the Range of Mount Blanc. 10th ed. London, 1905.—The Valley of Zermatt and the Matterhorn, 11th ed. London, 1905.Google Scholar
  49. Wirt. (Max), Allgemeine Beschreibung und Statistik der Schweiz. Im Verein mit gegen 70 Schweizerischen Gelehrten und Staatsmännern herausgegeben. 3 vols. 8, Zürich, 1871–1875.Google Scholar

Copyright information

© Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited 1908

Authors and Affiliations

  • J. Scott Keltie

There are no affiliations available

Personalised recommendations