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First posted on May 9th 2011, last revised on December 12th 2013






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Biel was granted the status of a city in 1275, still under the rule of the Prince-bishop of Basel. In 1279 Biel entered into an alliance with Bern (to liberate itself from the rule of the Prince-bishop of Basel). In 1352 Biel became an ally of the Swiss Confederation. The Protestant Reformation was introduced in 1528. In 1798 Biel lost its sovereignty and was annexed into the Canton of Bern (Helvetic Republic).

Biel, in French Bienne, is bilingual.

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Country Profiles Current Articles : Biel/Bienne, from Wikipedia
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Links General Category : Biel/Bienne, from Wikipedia
Kategorie : Biel/Bienne, from Wikipedia German edition
on History memoire regionale regionales gedächtnis
Organizations Societies Historischer Verein des Kantons Bern
Institutions Kanton Bern, Denkmalpflege, Archäologie
Historical Dictionary on Switzerland Historisches Lexikon der Schweiz (in German), Dictionnaire historique de la Suisse (in French), Dizionario storico della Svizzera (in Italian)
a brief historical dictionary in English at this site
M. Lutz, Dictionnaire geographique et statistique de la Suisse, 1837, in French, GB
H.J. Leu, Allgemeines Eydgenössisches oder Schweitzerisches Lexicon, vol.1 : A, 1747, vol.2 : B-Be, 1748, vol.3 : Be-Bi, 1749, vol.4 : Bi-Ca, 1750, vol.5 : C-D, 1751, vol.6 : D-F, 1752, vol.7 : F, 1753, vol.8 : Ga-Go, 1754, vol.9 : Go-He, 1754, vol.10 : He-K, 1756, vol.11 : K-Le, 1756, vol.12 : Le-Me, 1757, vol.13 : Me-N, 1757, vol.14 : N-R, 1758, vol.15 : R, 1759, vol.16 : Sa-Se, 1760, vol.17 : Se-T, 1762, vol.18 : T, U, V, 1763, vol.19 : W, 1764, vol.20 : X, Y, Z, 1765, in German, GB
on Bern, Biel A. Raemy, Geographisch-geschichtliches und Handels-Orts-Lexikon des Kantons Bern, 1890, UB Bern Bernensia
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Accounts of History General, Modern Articles : Biel/Bienne, from Wikipedia
Articles : Biel/Bienne : Geschichte, from Wikipedia German edition
Article : Biel, from Historisches Lexikon der Schweiz
General, Historical Chr. W. Binder, Geschichte der Stadt und Landschaft Biel, 1834, in German, GB
C.A. Bloesch, Geschichte der Stadt Biel und ihres Panner-Gebietes, vol.1, 1855, vol.2, 1855, vol.3, 1856, in German, GB
Specific Periods
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Religion Biel/Bienne, from Passionsspiele im Alpenländischen Raum
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Other Etat des cours de l'Europe ou Tableau des gouvernements, republiques etc. : Allies de Suisse : Bienne 1783 p.205, Gallica
Image Databanks Historical Images of the Canton of Bern, from Wikimedia Commons
Bilddatenbank, from Fotostiftung Schweiz
Historical Postcards, Canton Bern, from Alte Postkarten
Search Swiss Electronic Library for Biel, Bienne, click "Online Resources" (on the right, click "images" on the right
Archival Deposits
Constitutions
Laws Vogteirechtre zu Tessenberg, Uelfingen und Biel, 1352, pp.25-33 in vol.5 of J. Grimm, Weisthümer, 1866, in German, GB
Church Ordinnances
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Document Collections Swissdox; site permitting to download historical Swiss documents; charges fee
Urkunden für die Geschichte der Stadt Bern und ihres frühesten Gebietes bis zum Schluss des dreizehnten Jahrhunderts vol.1 1853, vol.2 1854, GB
Verzeichnis der öffentlich zugänglichen Totentänze : Schweiz (Index of Publicly Accessible Death Dances, Switzerland), Verzeichnis der zerstörten oder unzugänglichen Totentänze : Schweiz (Index of Destroyed or Inaccessible Death Dances, Switzerland), from Totentanz Online, scroll down for Bern; in German
R.L. Herminjard (ed.), Correspondance des reformateurs dans les pays de langue française, vol.1, 1512-1526, 1866, vol.2, 1527-1532, 1868, vol.3, 1533-1536, 1870, GB
Individual Documents
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Historical Maps general collections Digitale Historische Karten der Schweiz, search for Biel/Bienne
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responsible institution see Geoportal des Kantons Bern
entire canton, modern Map : Medieval Traffic Routes in Switzerland, Ecclesiastical Administrative Division in Switzerland c.1300, Territorial Development Swiss Confederacy, 1291-1797, Switzerland : Political Structure 1474, Switzerland : Political Structure 1530, Switzerland : Political Structure 1560, Political Structure in the 18th Century, division into cantons, from Wikipedia
Category : Maps of the Canton of Bern to 1978, from Wikimedia Commons
entire canton, contemporary Historische Karten, from Geoportal des Kantons Bern
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Encyclopedia Entries
General Articles Bienne, from EB 1911
Articles Biel, from Meyers Konversationslexikon 1885-1892, in German
Articles Biel, from Brockhaus Konversationslexikon 1894-1896, in German
Religious
Economic
Geographical Von dem Regiment der Stadt Biel, pp.626-629 in J. Simmler et al., Von dem Regiment der loblichen Eydgenossenschaft, zwei Bücher, 1735, in German, GB
Biel, pp.19-66 in vol.4 of H.J. Leu, Allgemeines Helvetisches, Eydgen?sisches Oder Schweitzerisches Lexicon, 1750, in German, GB
La Republique de Bienne, p.163 in J.J. Vaisssette, Geographie historique ecclesiastique et civile ou description de toutes les parties du globe terrestre, 1755, in French, GB
Biel, pp.1-47 in vol.4 of J.C. Faesi, Genaue und vollst?dige Staats- und Erd-Beschreibung der ganzen Eidgenossschaft, derselben gemeinen Herrschaften und zugewandten Orten, 1768, in German, GB
Die Stadt Biel, pp.122-131 in vol.3 of J.C. Füsslin, Staats- und Erdbeschreibung der schweizerischen Eidgenossenschaft 1770, in German, GB
Historical Bienne, pp.275-276 in vol.2 of L. Moreri, Le grand dictionaire historique, 1711, in French, GB
Biel, p.64 in (pt.2) of Kurze Geschichte der Schweitz zum Gebrauch der Schulen, 1782, in German, GB
Postal Routes etc.
Tour Guides
Travelogues Ph.S. Bridel, Course de Bale a Bienne, par les vallees du Jura, 1789, in French, GB
Institutions Archives State Archive of Berne
Archives Municipales de Bienne
Musea
Monuments
Libraries Zentralbibliothek Bern
Stadtbibliothek Biel
State Symbols Flags, Coats of Arms Flag, from FOTW
Coins Biel, pp.17-178 in vol.2 of G.E. von Haller, Schweizerisches M?z- und Medaillenkabinet 1781, in German, GB

BIBLIOGRAPHY AND PRINT SOURCES
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on Biel official Bibliographie der Berner Geschichte since 1975 published annually by Burgerbibliothek Bern
on Biel serial publications
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Online Libraries general Google Books; Internet Archives; Gutenberg Library Online; HathiTrust; e-corpus
on Switzerland Swiss Electronic Library
Helvetic Archives, at the Swiss National Library
Bernensia, from Zentralbibliothek Bern
Thesis Server Registry of Open Access Repositories, Switzerland
Open Access Theses and Dissertations
Dissertationen-Server Univ. Zurich; links to other Swiss Univ.' Dissertation Servers
Online Journals full text online Directory of Open Access Journals
Swiss Electronic Academic Library Service : Retrodigitized Journals : Sammlung Geschichte und Geographie
Archiv des Historischen Vereins des Kantons Bern, 1860-, in German, GB
Berner Taschenbuch : aus der bernischen Vergangenheit und Gegenwart, vol.s 8-19 1859-1870, in German, GB
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