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






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Gersau was allied with the Swiss Confederation since 1359. In 1433 it achieved immediate status within the Holy Roman Empire. During the Reformation, Gersau, just as her neighbors Schwyz, Uri, Nidwalden and Luzern, remained Catholic, In the 18th century, it was described as "the world's smallest republic". In 1798 annexed into the new Canton Waldstätte within the Helvetic Republic. When Canton Waldstätte was dissolved in 1803, Gersau became part of Canton Schwyz, within the reconstituted Swiss Confederation. Briefly reestablished as an independent republic in 1814, finally annexed by Schwyz in 1817. Until 1867, its only connection with the outside world was across the Vierwaldstättersee.

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Country Profiles Current Article : Gersau, from Wikipedia
Article : Gersau, from Wikipedia German edition
Historic Gersau, pp.271-274 in : G.L. Meyer von Kronau, Der Kanton Schwyz historisch, geographisch, statistisch geschildert, 1835, in German, GB
Links General
on History
Organizations Societies Historischer Verein der Zentralschweiz (formerly Historischer Verein der Fünf Orte Luzern, Uri Schwyz, Underwalden ob dem Wald und nid dem Wald und Zug)
Historischer Verein des Kantons Schwyz
Zentralschweizerische Gesellschaft für Familienforschung
Institutions see also Archives, Musea, Libraries further below
Kanton Schwyz, Amt für Kultur, Denkmalpflege, Archäologie
Historical Dictionaries 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
Historical Dictionaries on Schwyz
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Accounts of History General, Modern Article : Gersau : History, from Wikipedia
Article : Gersau : Geschichte, from Wikipedia German edition
Article : Gersau, from Historisches Lexikon der Schweiz
General, Historical Kurzgefasste Geschichte des Freystaates Gersau, 1817, in German, GB
Gersau, der kleinste Freystaat, pp.65-86 in E. Osenbrüggen, Neue culturhistorische Bilder aus der Schweiz, 1864, in German, GB
A. Gautier, La Republique de Gersau, 1858, in French
A Liliputian Republic (trsl. from A. Gautier, pp.579-588 in vol.107 of The Living Age, 1870, GB
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WEB-BIBLIOGRAPHY . . . EXTERNALLY POSTED PRIMARY SOURCES
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Historical Data Lists of Statesmen from World Statesmen by Ben Cahoon
Documents Historical Newspapers Articles on Gersau in Schweizerische Monatschronik 1816 p.75 (May), 1817 pp.79-80 (May), pp.158-160 (Oct.)
Online Yearbooks Staatskalender
Switzerland
Online Yearbooks Staatskalender
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Image Databanks Category : Gersau, from Wikimedia Commons
Search Swiss Electronic Library for Gersau, click "Online Resources" (on the right, click "images" on the right
Archival Deposits
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Document Collections Swissdox; site permitting to download historical Swiss documents; charges fee
Amtliche Sammlung der älteren eidgenössischen Abschiede
vol.2 : 1421-1477, 1863 : no.128 : 1430 Sep. 11 p.85, no.134 : 1431 Feb. 26 pp.88-89, no.136 : 1431 Mar. 17 p.89, no.137 : 1431 May 7 p.90, in German, GB
vol.3 part 1 : 1478-1499, 1858 : no.297 : 1487 May 23, p.266, in German, GB
vol.3 part 2 : 1500-1520, 1869 : no.135, 1503 Jun. 26 p.231, no.170, 1504 May 23 pp.273-274, no.269, 1507 Apr. 8 p.368, no.436, 1512 Apr. 5 p.610, in German, GB
vol.4 part 2 : 1556-1586, 1861 : no entries, GB
vol.6 part 1 : 1649-1680, 1867 : no.15 : 1649 Oct. 13 pp.17-18, no.93 : 1653 Apr. 23 pp.161-162, no.102 : 1653 Jul. 28 pp.190-192, no.152 : 1655 Sep. 10 p.263, no.456 : 1667 May. 14 pp.710-711, in German, GB
vol.7 part 1 : 1712-1743, 1860 : no entries, GB
vol.7 part 2 : 1744-1777, 1867 : no entries, GB
vol.8 : 1778-1798, 1856 : no entries, GB
Historical Maps general collections Digitale Historische Karten der Schweiz, search for Gersau
Search Swiss Electronic Library for Gersau, click "Online Resources" (on the right, click "maps" on the right
responsible institution see Canton Schwyz, Geoportal
entire canton, modern Gemeinden des Kantons Schwyz, 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
entire canton, contemporary Category : Old Maps of the Canton of Schwyz
Kanton Schwyz, Geoportal
detail, modern
detail, contemporary Rigi 1897, from Discus Media
Historical
Encyclopedia Entries
General Article : Gersau, in : J.M. Good, Pantologia: A new cyclopaedia, 1813, GB
Articles Gersau, from Meyers Konversationslexikon 1885-1892, in German
Article Gersau, from Brockhaus Konversationslexikon 1894-1896, in German
Religious
Economic
Geographical Von dem Flecken Gersau, p.650 in J. Simmler et al., Von dem Regiment der loblichen Eydgenossenschaft, zwei Bücher, 1735, in German, GB
Gersau, auch Gersowe, pp.448-450 in H.J. Leu, Allgemeines Eydgenössisches oder Schweitzerisches Lexicon, 1754, in German, GB
Die kleine Republik Gersau, pp.350-355 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
Gersau, pp.383-388 in vol.1 of J.C. Füsslin, Staats- und Erdbeschreibung der schweizerischen Eidgenossenschaft 1770, in German, GB
Historical
Parliamentary Debates
Postal Routes etc.
Travelogues Gersau, pp.233-244 in J.B. de la Borde, Tableaux de la Suisse, ou voyage pittoresque fait dans les xiii cantons, 1784, in French, GB
Gersau pp.93-94 in vol.1 of F.L. Count Stolberg, Travels through Germany, Switzerland, Italy, and Sicily, 1796, GB
Gersau pp.135-136 in Mr. Williams' Tour in Switzerland, pp.131- in vol.27 if The Monthly review, or, Literary journal, 1798, GB
Institutions Archives Staatsarchiv Schwyz
Forum of Swiss History, Schwyz
Musea
Monuments
Libraries Kantonsbibliothek Schwyz
National Symbols Flags, Coats of Arms Flag, of Gersau District, from FOTW
Coins information on G. coins
catalogue of G. 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 Bibliographie der fünf Orte, regular column in "Der Geschichtsfreund"; see below Journals, Contents Online
on Schwyz official Bibliographie der Zentralschweiz für das Jahr 2007 mit Register
serial publications
on Schwyz wider; chapter S.
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
General Accounts Anton Castell, Geschichte des Landes Schwyz, Einsiedeln, Benzinger 1983 ; in German [G]
Specific Topics