Articles on books of the MoneyMuseum.
Enjoy the collection of the MoneyMuseum. To this end, we have compiled thematic areas for you that examine selected books in terms of their historical, social and intellectual context.
Articles to your selection:
Allgemeines helvetisches, eydgenössisches, oder schweitzerisches Lexicon
Knowledge is Power: The Swiss Federal Lexicon
In the age of Wikipedia, with thousands of people contributing from all over the world, it is hard to imagine how someone could single-handedly compile 20-volume lexicons. Leus Swiss Lexicon is just that: a giant effort to write the biggest, most comprehensive lexicon of its time.
Die Kunst sinnreich zu quälen in practischen Regeln. Zum Unterricht aller derjenigen, welche die Neigung haben, diese ökonomische Wissenschaft im menschlichen Umgang zum weiteren Aufnehmen zu bringen
How to Best Torment People
How can you teach people to good and kind to each other? Perhaps best by showing negative examples for a deterrent effect. That’s exactly what an 18th-century satirical etiquette book did presenting rules on how (not!) to treat other people.
Genealogiae Diplomaticae Augustae Gentis Habsburgicae
Between Myth and History: The Genealogy of the Habsburgs
If you’ve read 1984, you know how easy it is to falsify the past. But this knowledge is nothing new. For centuries, rulers paid historians (and some still do) to create an embellished version of the past and the relevant sources, until the Maurists got wise to them.
Zwingli: Zurich’s Reformer
In 1581, the Froschauer publishing house in Zurich created a complete edition of all works written by Huldrych Zwingli. And there was a good reason for it – which was directly linked to the circumstances of the death of the Zurich reformer in 1531.
What Martin Luther Must Have Certainly Wanted to Say
Already during his lifetime Luther was the Protestant equivalent of a saint. All the words of wisdom he is said to have shared on all sorts of events have been written down for posterity by his followers. Johannes Aurifaber published all of it as “Luther’s Table talk, with his very own agenda.