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Obwalden Nidwalden
First posted on May 10th 2011, last revised on December 12th 2013






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see also History of Switzerland



Begin of monastic life at Engelberg 1120. By the end of the 13th century, the abbey had established itself as the feudal lord over Engelberg valley. Since 1386 under the protection of Schwyz, Luzern, Obwalden and Nidwalden. Remained Catholic during the Reformation. Maintained its sovereignty until 1798. From 1798 to 1802 part of Canton Waldstätt, from 1803 to 1815 part of Nidwalden, since 1815 part of Obwalden.
While tiny as a political entity (just over 1000 subjects), Engelberg enjoyed a reputation as a center of learning far beyond the borders of Switzerland.

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Narrative . References : ONLINE SECONDARY SOURCES . Online Primary Sources . Bibliographic and Print Sources

Country Profiles . Links . Organizations . Accounts of History . Politics . Military History . Economic History . Social History . Ethnography
History of Religion . Regional History . Local History . Institutions . Culture . Biography . Environmental History . Others
Country Profiles Current Article Engelberg Abbey, from Wikipedia
Article Kloster Engelberg, from Wikipedia German edition
Historic A. Businger, Der Kanton Unterwalden, historisch, geographisch, statistisch geschildert, 1836, in German, GB; frequent reference to Engelberg
Ph.J. Madler, Das Kloster auf dem Engelberg: geschichtl. topograph. beschrieben, 1843, in German, GB
Links General Categorie : Engelberg, from Wikipedia German edition
Links, on History
Organizations Societies Historischer Verein der Zentralschweiz (formerly Historischer Verein der Fünf Orte Luzern, Uri Schwuz, Underwalden ob dem Wald und nid dem Wald und Zug)
Historischer Verein Obwalden
Zentralschweizerische Gesellschaft für Familienforschung
Institutions see also Archives, Musea, Libraries further below
Kanton Obwalden, Fachstelle für Denkmalpflege
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 this site
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, posted on Google Books
on Engelberg
Timelines
Accounts of History General, Modern Article Engelberg Abbey : History
Article : Kloster Engelberg : Geschichte
Article : Engelberg, Kloster, from Historisches Lexikon der Schweiz
General, Historical J. Businger, Die Geschichten des Volkes von Unterwalden ob und nid dem Wald von dessen frühester Abkunft an bis auf unsere Zeiten mit Hinsicht auf die Geschichten seiner Nachbarn von Ury und Schwyz, vol.1, 1827, vol.2, 1828, in German, GB; search for Engelberg
H. von Liebenau, Versuch einer urkundlichen Darstellung des reichsfreien Stiftes Engelberg, 1846, in German, GB
Specific Periods
Historiography
Economy & Finances
Social History
Ethnography
Religion
History of Regions
Local History Article : Engelberg, from Wikipedia
Article : Engelberg : Geschichte, from Wikipedia German edition
Institutions
Culture
Biographies
Environmental History
Others

WEB-BIBLIOGRAPHY . . . EXTERNALLY POSTED PRIMARY SOURCES
Historical Data . Statistical Data . Documents Newspapers . Yearbooks . Image Databanks . Archival Deposits . Laws . Historiography
Document Collections . Historical Maps . Historical Encyclopedia Articles . Travelogues . Institutions . National Symbols
Historical Data Lists of Statesmen from World Statesmen by Ben Cahoon
Documents Historical Newspapers
Online Yearbooks Staatskalender
Switzerland
Staatskalender
Obwalden
International
Image Databanks Bilddatenbank, from Fotostiftung Schweiz
Search Swiss Electronic Library for Engtelberg, click "Online Resources" (on the right, click "images" on the right
Archival Deposits
Laws Engelberger Hofrodel [late 13th century], pp.1-2; Andrer Engelberger Hofrodel [14th century] pp.2-5 in vol.1 of J. Grimm, Weisthümer, 1840, in German, GB
Historiography
Document Collections Swissdox; site permitting to download historical Swiss documents; charges fee
Das Quellenwerk zur Geschichte der schweizerischen Eidgenossenschaft : Urkundenbuch der V Orte bis 1353, 1965, Swiss Electronic Library
Abschied der am 6. Aprill 1814 zu Z?ich versammelten und am 31. August 1815 daselbst geschlossenen au?rordentlichen eidgen?sischen Tagsatzung, vol.3, 1815, GB; concerning the annexation of Engelberg by Obwalden
Historical Maps general collections Digitale Historische Karten der Schweiz, search for Engelberg
Search Swiss Electronic Library for Engelberg, click "Online Resources" (on the right, click "maps" on the right
responsible institution
entire canton, modern Gemeinden des Kantons Obwalden, from Wikipedia
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, Helvetic Republic 1798 (suggestion in draft to 1st H. constitution), Helvetic Republic 1798/1799 , Helvetic Republic 1801 (const. of Malmaison), Helvetic Republic 1802 (2nd H. constitution), Switzerland 1803-1813, Switzerland 1815-1847, division into cantons, from Wikipedia
Historische Verkehrswege des Kantons Obwalden
entire canton, contemporary
detail, modern
detail, contemporary Engelberg and Environs 1897, from Discus Media
Historical
Encyclopedia Entries
General Article : Engelberg, from EB 1911
Article : Engelberg, from Meyers Konversationslexikon 1885-1892, in German
Religious
Economic
Geographical Das Stift Engelberg, pp.349-351 in vol.6 of H.J. Leu, Allgemeines Helvetisches, Eydgen?sisches Oder Schweitzerisches Lexicon 1752, in German, GB
Die Herrschaft und Abbtei Engelberg, pp.341-350 in vol.2 of J.C. Faesi, Genaue und vollst?dige Staats- und Erd-Beschreibung der ganzen Eidgenossschaft, derselben gemeinen Herrschaften und zugewandten Orten, 1766, in German, GB
Engelberg, pp.371-382 in vol.1 of J.C. Füsslin, Staats- und Erdbeschreibung der schweizerischen Eidgenossenschaft 1770, in German, GB
Engelberg, pp.269-272 in vol.1 of L. Meister, Historisches geographisch-statistisches Lexikon, 1796, in German, GB
Historical Engelberg, p.46 in Kurze Geschichte der Schweitz zum Gebrauch der Schulen, 1782, in German, GB
Postal Routes etc.
Tour Guides
Travelogues
Institutions Archives Staatsarchiv Obwalden
Musea Historisches Museum Obwalden
Monuments
Libraries
National Symbols Flags, Coats of Arms
Coins information on O. coins
catalogue of O. coins
part of a collection

BIBLIOGRAPHY AND PRINT SOURCES
Bibliographies . Online Libraries . Thesis Servers . Online Journals . General Accounts . Specific Topics . Historical Dictionaries . Statistical Data . Yearbooks
Bibliographies general
on Obwalden official Bibliographie der Zentralschweiz für das Jahr 2007 mit Register
serial publications
wider chapter O. Bibliographie der fünf Orte, regular column in "Der Geschichtsfreund"; see below Journals, Contents Online
Bouchs, from Passionsspiele im Alpenländischen Raum
specialist
Online Libraries general Google Books; Internet Archives; Gutenberg Library Online; HathiTrust
on Switzerland Swiss Electronic Library
Helvetic Archives, at the Swiss National Library
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
Der Geschichtsfreund 1843-2009, from Swiss Electronic Academic Library Service : Retrodigitized Journals : Sammlung Geschichte und Geographie
Der Geschichtsfreund, issues until 1870, GB
contents online Geschichtsfreund 1844-2008, from Historischer Verein der Zentralschweiz
Obwaldner Geschichtsblätter 1901-
General Accounts
Specific Topics