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The Death of Communal Liberty

A History of Freedom in a Swiss Mountain Canton
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Benjamin R. Barber
1798, Princeton Legacy Library
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Switzerland today is faced with a profound dilemma—its village life is dying, a casualty of the collision between communal norms and the need for national survival in an industrial, urbanizing world. Benjamin Barber traces the origins and evolution of communal liberty in the group of alpine villages that make up modern Canton Graubunden, and recreates their poignant thousand-year struggle to maintain this tradition in the face of a hostile environment, hierarchical feudal institutions, and European power polities.Originally published in 1974.The Princeton Legacy Library uses the latest print-on-demand technology to again make available previously out-of-print books from the distinguished backlist of Princeton University Press. These editions preserve the original texts of these important books while presenting them in durable paperback and hardcover editions. The goal of the Princeton Legacy Library is to vastly increase access to the rich scholarly heritage found in the thousands of books published by Princeton University Press since its founding in 1905.
Frontmatter, pg. iContents, pg. viiAcknowledgments, pg. ixA Note on Names and Translation, pg. xiChapter I. Political Theory and Swiss Practice, pg. 3Chapter 11. Raetia to 1524—The Formative Years, pg. 21Chapter III. Raetia To 1800—The Republic of the Three Leagues, pg. 48Chapter IV. The Alpine Environment, pg. 79Chapter V. Feudalism and Communality, pg. 107Chapter VI. Surviving Independence, pg. 140Chapter VII. Direct Democracy in the Communes, pg. 170Chapter VIII. Communal Autonomy and Swiss Federalism, pg. 207Chapter IX. The Confrontation with Modernity, pg. 237Bibliography, pg. 275Index, pg. 293

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