No less than the leaders of the Great Powers gathered in Geneva. On July 18 1955 the summit of the «big four» began: US-President Dwight D. Eisenhower, the Soviet Minister President Nikolai A. Bulganin as well as Antony Eden and Edgar Faure, the British and French Prime Ministers, convened in the international city.
On June 19, the official kickoff event of the Metagrid.ch project took place at the Swiss National Library. At the event, almost fifty participants from areas like edition and database projects, libraries, archives and long-term projects of the Swiss Academy of Humanities and Social Sciences (SHAS) were able to gather information on developments and functionalities of the web service.
2015 truly is the «ultimate year of jubilees»: In April, the research group of the Diplomatic Documents of Switzerland celebrated the 20th anniversary of the data base Dodis and, on June 7, the research project of the Diplomatic Documents of Switzerland turned 40!
The words «church bells herald the end of the hostilities» marked the beginning of President of the Confederation Eduard von Steiger’s speech on May 8 1945: «The excruciating agony of the war-ridden people is coming to an end». In a more confidential setting a few days later, the Foreign Minister Max Petitpierre expressed mixed feelings.
Today, everyday life without the Internet is hardly conceivable. In 1995, however, not even half a percent of the world’s population was using the World Wide Web. Twenty years ago, on March 11, 1995, when the world was constituted in such a manner, the first document was integrated in the Dodis database. Thus, Dodis celebrates its 20th birthday today.
On February 27 and 28, the first Cultural Hackathon of Switzerland was held at the Swiss National Library. The DDS are pleased with the interest in their data and would like to thank all who have participated in this project.
Commissioned by the Swiss Academy of Humanities and Social Sciences (SAHS), the Diplomatic Documents of Switzerland (DDS) were thoroughly evaluated by an external authority in 2014. The evaluation fully confirmed the positive developments of the last few years, especially attesting a «high frequency of book publishing», a «high quality» of the DDS products, «high standardization» and...
Am 4. Januar 1960 wurde durch die Unterzeichnung der Stockholmer Konvention die Europäische Freihandelsassoziation (EFTA) gegründet. In Kraft trat das Übereinkommen am 3. Mai 1960. Die Schweiz war neben Dänemark, Grossbritannien, Norwegen, Österreich, Portugal und Schweden eines der sieben Gründungsmitglieder. Ausschlaggebend für die Schaffung der EFTA waren das Nichtzustandekommen einer grossen Freihandelszone in Westeuropa und die Gründung der Europäischen Wirtschaftsgemeinschaft EWG in Rom 1957 gewesen.
On October 30, 2014 the launch of the latest volume of the Quaderni di Dodis, the academic journal of the Diplomatic Documents of Switzerland, will take place at the Federal Archives in Bern. The Historian Bernd Haunfelder publishes in volume 4 of the Quaderni di Dodis the political reporting of the Swiss representation in Vienna from 1938 to 1955.
«In the past few days, the foreign policy situation has escalated to the point that it seems a matter of urgent necessity to entrust the security of our boarders and the protection of our neutrality to the army». This statement was pronounced during the Federal Council's 1st September 1939 morning session, as part of its decision on mobilisation.