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Nachbarn And Voisins: Changing Political Relations In The Upper Rhine Valley In The Wake Of The Thirty Years' War

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This chapter focuses on: the fragile base of French power in what remained Imperial Alsace and the newly defined commitment to armed neutrality and mutual defense embraced by the Swiss Confederation. The 'invasion of the Lorrainers' challenges Swiss neutrality and their defense network, and meets the challenge. The French failed and were fortunate to retain their newly ceded lands. The chapter considers these questions from the perspective of the civic leaders at Mulhouse and Basel, by examining their correspondence with various Upper Rhenish and Swiss estates during the critical months. It briefly discusses the historical debates addressed by this research, and provides some background on the region's politics at the end of the Thirty Years' War. The chapter examines the correspondence during the critical months and offers some concluding analytical comments.

Keywords: Imperial Alsace; Swiss Confederation; Swiss estates; Thirty Years War; Upper Rhenish



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