Diplomatic Documents of Switzerland (Dodis)

The Dodis research centre is the independent centre of excellence for studies in the history of Swiss foreign policy and international relations after the establishing of the Swiss Confederation in 1848. Dodis provides foundational research in contemporary history in this field.

The Database

On its online database Dodis, the research centre offers access to a large selection of key sources in the history of Swiss foreign relations. It publishes digitised documents primarily sourced from the Swiss Federal Archives. The database also links meta-data regarding persons and organisations important to international and Swiss history. Sources can thus be critically contextualised and research can be extended to other Dodis documents as well as the relevant archival holdings.

The Edition

The Diplomatic Documents of Switzerland (DDS) print edition is the centrepiece of foundational research in the history of Swiss foreign relations. But the DDS volumes go beyond the functions of conventional document editions. Their extensive critical apparatus cross-references Dodis and thus serves as an essential guidance system to the database’s ever-increasing wealth of information.

The Bibliography

The Bibliography on the History of Swiss Foreign Politics offers a comprehensive compilation of scientific publications (monographs, scientific articles, academic research papers) as well as the most significant non-scientific publications addressing Swiss foreign relations from 1848 to today.

Quaderni di Dodis

In the Quaderni di Dodis series, we publish research results in the areas of contemporary history and foreign policy chiefly based on the resources of the Dodis database. The Quaderni di Dodis accommodate content ranging from MA and PhD theses to the proceedings of international conferences. The series is freely and publicly available online, on an open access basis, in e-book and PDF format.