In this Thread, Spectre of Pithecanthropus said
and it got me thinking. Gee, it is kinda interesting having so many different ethnic groups in such a small country as Switzerland that there haven’t been long drawn out periods of sectarian violence. What have they been doing right all this time?
Is it just a simple matter that they chose to all live together rather than be lumped together by a League of nations Mandate or a conquering power?
Please answer this question as if instructing someone who really doesn’t know anything about Switzerland- as some of the assumptions upon which I have based this question may be false. For all I know, there may have been some serious ethnic clashes in Switzerland over the years.
If it really has been all peace and harmony, why would the ethnic divisions still be so distinct after hundreds of years?
Wouldn’t the lines be blurred by intermarrying?
Wouldn’t German, French, Italian, and Raomansh have creolized into one language?
It seems that if there is enough ethnic division to have an idea of an “us” and a “them”, then there would also be enough division to have some serious tension every once in a while.