Switzerland as a federal state

Switzerland As A Federal State

Switzerland as a federal state

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The rise of Switzerland as a federal state began on September 12, 1848, with the creation of a federal constitution, which was created in response to a 27-day civil war in Switzerland, the Sonderbundskrieg. The constitution, which was heavily influenced by the US Constitution and the ideas of the French Revolution, was modified several times during the following decades and wholly replaced in 1999. The constitution represents the first time that the Swiss were governed by a strong central government instead of being simply a collection of independent cantons bound by treaties.

Sonderbundskrieg



In 1847, the period of Swiss history known as Restoration ended with the breaking out of a war between the conservative Roman Catholic and the liberal Protestant cantons (the Sonderbundskrieg). The conflict between the Catholic and Protestant cantons had existed since the Reformation, and in the 19<sup>th</sup> century the Protestant population now had a majority. When Lucerne, in retaliation, recalled the the same year, groups of armed Radicals ("Freischärler") invaded the canton. This caused...
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