Auf den Spuren der Habsburger

The "bad Hapsburgs" and the "good Swiss Confederat"

The relations of the members of the Swiss Confederation (who often did not agree with each other) to Hapsburg-Austria were characterized by common and differing interests. Nevertheless, the Swiss Confederates always endeavored to make clear that they did not question the Empire and its power. The Imperial crowns and double eagles that can be found even today in many Swiss cities attest to this fact.It was rather the interior politics of the confederated states which stylized the Austrian power as the arch-enemy and a ubiquitous external threat. This made possible a minimum of solidarity among the Swiss states and prevented the decline of the complex network of alliances.As late as the previous century there were poems composed on themes such as the trumped up rape of the women or the unjust bailiffs. The proclamation of the 1st of August as Anniversary of the Swiss Alliance and as the alleged date of the first alliance against the Hapsburgs is one example. The end of the Cold War and the emergence of a united Europe have caused these myths to fade.

[Translate to english:] So sieht es aus

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Idealbildnis von Heinrich "Jasomirgott", dem seit 1156 ersten Herzog von sterreich. (Glasfenster, Zisterzienserabtei Stift Heiligenkreuz, A-Heiligenkreuz)

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