Incidentally the striking but at first perplexing photograph on the cover shows a hot air balloon being transported by water from Lac de Neuchâtel to Lac de Bienne in 1915.
Exhibition, book and website were all produced by the association of historians "Die Schweiz im Ersten Weltkrieg" or "La Suisse dans la Première Guerre mondiale". According their website, this association "is dedicated to analyse the history of Switzerland during this period and make it understandable to a wide audience. The war upset and shook Switzerland as few events before. However, it remains unknown to many Swiss." As you might expect, I fully approve of these aims!
A thorough perusal of the book's sixteen chapters will be even more profitable. The chapters - which are contributed by a total of 25 scholars - are divided into four parts, covering respectively:
- Mobilisation, the occupation of the frontiers and national cohesion.
- Economic aspects of wartime Switzerland, including the war's impact on food supplies and everyday life.
- Swiss neutrality and international humanitarian work, including the internment of prisoners of war in Switzerland.
- Government and private support for the Swiss population against the hardships of wartime; the 1918 General Strike; the place of the First World War in Swiss cultural memory.
Example page: (C) Hier und Jetzt.