What was the last war that Switzerland fought in?
#106137. Asked by star_gazer. (Jun 07 09 2:01 AM)
In 1847, a civil war broke out between the Catholic and the Protestant cantons (Sonderbundskrieg). Its immediate cause was a 'special treaty' (Sonderbund) of the Catholic cantons. It lasted for less than a month, causing fewer than 100 casualties. Apart from small riots, this was the last armed conflict on Swiss territory.|
The advice of Switzerland's popular saint, Nicholas of Flüe (1417-87), "Don't get involved in other people's affairs" has been the hallmark of Swiss policy for nearly 500 years. The country has in effect been neutral since 1515, a status formally recognised and guaranteed by the great powers of Europe after the Napoleonic Wars in 1815. |
Swiss neutrality thus has deeper roots than any of Europe's other major neutral states: Sweden (1815), Eire (1921), Finland (1948) and Austria (1955).
1460 Swiss Conquest of the Thurgau
1468 Swiss-Habsburg War
1474-1477 Burgundian War
1499 Swabian War
1499-1504 Milanese and Neapolitan War
1508-1509 War of the League of Cambrai
1510-1516 War of the Holy League
1513 Luzern Peasant War
1529 First War of Kappel War between Zürich and the Five Cantons
1531 Second War of Kappel War between Zürich and the Five Cantons
1536 Bernese Conquest of Geneva
Also see question #106547:
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