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The Historical Dictionary of Switzerland is an encyclopedia on the history of Switzerland that aims to take into account the results of modern historical research in a manner accessible to a broader audience.
The encyclopedia is published by a foundation under the patronage of the Swiss Academy of Humanities and Social Sciences (SAGW/ASSH) and the Swiss Historical Society (SGG-SHH) and is financed by national research grants. Besides a staff of 35 at the central offices, the contributors include 100 academic advisors, 2500 historians and 100 translators.
The encyclopedia is being edited simultaneously in three national languages of Switzerland: German (Historisches Lexikon der Schweiz, HLS, in red), French (Dictionnaire Historique de la Suisse, DHS, in blue) and Italian (Dizionario Storico della Svizzera, DSS, in yellow). The first of 13 volumes was published in 2002. The last volume was published in 2014.
The 36,000 headings are grouped in:
The on-line edition has been available since 1998. It makes accessible, for free, all articles ready for publication in print, but no illustrations. It also lists all 36,000 topics that are to be covered.
Lexicon Istoric Retic (LIR) is a two volume version with a selection of articles published in Romansh. It includes articles not available in the other languages. The first volume was published in 2010, the second in 2012. An on-line version is also available.
Bruno Hildebrand was a German economist representing the "older" historical school of economics. His economic thinking was highly critical of classical economists, especially of David Ricardo. His magnum opus was Economics of the Present and the Future (1848). The basic aim of this work was to establish laws of economic development. Hildebrand also stated that economic development was linear not cyclical. He supported socialist theory on the basis of religion, basic morals, and his beliefs of the negative effect of property on economic behavior.
Walter Fürst was a legendary Swiss patriot from Uri, who contributed to establish the liberty and independence of Switzerland. According to Tschudi he represented Uri at the Rütlischwur.
Neue Deutsche Biographie is a biographical reference work. It is the successor to the Allgemeine Deutsche Biographie. The 26 volumes published thus far cover more than 22,500 individuals and families who lived in the German language area.
Ennenda is a former municipality in the canton of Glarus in Switzerland. Effective from 1 January 2011, Ennenda is part of the municipality of Glarus.
The Swiss Trade Union Federation is the largest national trade union center in Switzerland.
Schweizerischer Vaterländischer Verband was a right wing organisation influential in Swiss politics before World War II.
Dimitri Jakob Muller, known as Dimitri was a Swiss clown and mime artist. He later changed his name to Jakob Dimitri.
Huldreich Georg Früh was a Swiss composer.
Johann Rudolf Wettstein was a Swiss diplomat and one-time mayor of Basel, who achieved fame through his diplomatic skills, culminating in Swiss independence from the Holy Roman Empire in 1648. He was born and died in Basel.
Tschiertschen-Praden is a municipality in the Plessur Region in the Grisons, Switzerland. It was formed on 1 January 2009 through the merger of Praden and Tschiertschen.
Ateliers de constructions mécaniques de Vevey (ACMV) was a metal engineering company based in Vevey, Switzerland. Founded as Ateliers B. Roy & Cie. in 1848 by Benjamin Roy it became Ateliers de constructions mécaniques de Vevey SA in 1895.
Unisto is a Swiss company that specialises in security products. It produces Unisto security seals, name badges and brand profiling products to guarantee the authenticity of a product from its manufacturing origin to its point of sale.
Max Pestalozzi was a Swiss chess master.
Donat Cadruvi was a Swiss lawyer, politician and Romansh-language writer. He was a member of the Swiss National Council (1963–1971), mayor of Ilanz (1975–1978), member of the government of Graubünden (1979–1988).
Theaterlexikon der Schweiz (TLS) / Dictionnaire du théâtre en Suisse (DTS) / Dizionario Teatrale Svizzero (DTS) / Lexicon da teater svizzer (LTS) is an encyclopedia about theatre in Switzerland published originally in 2005 in 3 volumes. It was developed from 1997 to 2005 by the Institute of Theatre Studies of the University of Berne.
Johann Jakob Guggenbühl was a Swiss physician. He is considered as one of the precursors of medico-educational care.
Anna Mackenroth (1861-1936), was Zurich's first practicing female lawyer.
Jean de Vienne was a Burgundian nobleman, prelate and prince of the Holy Roman Empire. He served as the archbishop of Besançon from 1355 until his transfer to the diocese of Metz in 1361. He was transferred to the prince-bishopric of Basel in 1365. In all three dioceses, he was unable to live peacefully with the townspeople, finally resulting in open warfare in Basel. In each of his bishoprics he was the third bishop of his name, Jean III.
Max Terpis, real name Max Pfister, also Max Pfister-Terpis, was a Swiss dancer, choreographer, director and psychologist.