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History of Basel - Book Recommendation

If you're interested in the history of Basel, then I'd like to recommend the book Basel - A Center at the Fringe by Peter Habicht, which I've just finished reading.

It might not be the most comprehensive history (to be fair, it describes itself as concise) but it covers right from prehistoric times up to just a few years ago.

The book is written in a light, easy to read manner. The author writes with humour (in that funny way that foreigners try irony ) and the book is quite chatty.

Most of all, though, the book has lots of "Oh. That's why..." moments. It was also interesting to read about how much power the church and the guilds had, and how that power was eventually lost.

I don't think I've seen any other English history books about Basel.

Keep an eye out for it in the Basel bookshops (it looks like you might be able to buy it online too on the above link).

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