Diplomatic documents of Switzerland

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The Research Center for Diplomatic Documents of Switzerland (Dodi) is an institute of the Swiss Academy of Humanities and Social Sciences on the history of Swiss foreign policy and international relations of Switzerland . The project includes the Dodis online database , a multi-volume edition of files in book form, a bibliography on the history of Swiss foreign policy and the Quaderni di Dodis series of publications .

Goal setting

In contrast to other editions of files on foreign policy , Dodis is not a state-controlled project, but a product of free research . The research group selects the documents according to independently defined criteria and is solely committed to scientific principles. With the selection of the documents, the researchers want to trace the main features of Switzerland's international relations while preserving their diverse aspects. The basic research of Dodi to facilitate historians and historians an introduction to a specific subject area or on top of larger processes.


The Diplomatic Documents of Switzerland are an institute of the Swiss Academy of Humanities and Social Sciences (SAGW) and are under the patronage of the Swiss Society for History (SGG) . The project is also supported by the Swiss Federal Archives (SFA) , where the research center is located, and the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) . Sacha Zala is the director of the Dodis research center . He is scientifically supported by the Commission for the Publication of Diplomatic Documents in Switzerland, headed by Madeleine Herren . The research center is involved in the International Committee of Editors of Diplomatic Documents (ICEDD).


In 1972 a group of historians took the initiative to publish documents for the study of Swiss foreign policy and Switzerland's international relations. Fifteen volumes were published between 1979 and 1997, covering the period from 1848 to 1945. Each volume was supervised by a research group from a Swiss university. In the mid-1990s, the project was restructured: In the course of planning the second series of DDS and the conception of an online database, the changing research teams were replaced by a permanent research center with permanently assigned employees. When work began on the second series of DDS for the period from 1945 to 1989, the Dodis Internet database went online in 1997. In January 2000, the SAGW took over the financing and administration of the project. Previously, the DDS was largely funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) .


Dodis online database

Dodis is the online database of Swiss diplomatic documents (Dodis). It contains thousands of digitized documents on Switzerland's international relations, mainly from the Swiss Federal Archives. There is also metadata on people and organizations in international and Swiss history, on geographical locations and thematic keywords. Dodis shows the documents as an image (scan as PDF). Permalinks to the documents begin with http://dodis.ch/followed by the document number (e.g. dodis.ch/36251) or, in the case of topic dossiers, with a T and a number (see thematic directory).

Volumes DDS

The printed edition of Diplomatic Documents of Switzerland (DDS) is at the heart of basic research on the history of Swiss foreign relations. The multi-volume file edition is intended to illustrate the main features, guidelines and fundamental conditions of international relations in Switzerland. Therefore, mainly texts are printed that reveal a general orientation of Swiss external relations or that at a given point in time had a lasting influence on this orientation. Between 1979 and 1997 a first series of 15 volumes covering the period between 1848 and 1945 was published. These were retro-digitized and retrospectively integrated into the online database. The second series from 1945 to 1989 should be completed by 2020 and will also comprise 15 volumes. Volume 24 was published in 2012 by Sacha Zala at Chronos Verlag, Zurich, and covers the period from January 1, 1967 to December 31, 1969. Volume 25 was published in May 2014 and covers the period from 1970 to 1972, followed in 2018 26 with the period 1973 to 1975.

Bibliography on the history of Swiss foreign policy

The bibliography on the history of Swiss foreign policy offers a comprehensive compilation of scientific publications (monographs, scientific articles, academic papers) as well as the most important non-scientific publications dealing with Switzerland's foreign relations from 1848 to the present day.

Quaderni di Dodis

The Quaderni di Dodis are a series of publications by the Dodis research group. The manuscripts in the series are reviewed using a double-blind process . So far published: Volume 1, Antoine Fleury and Sacha Zala (eds.) With articles on science and foreign policy (on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the creation of the first post of a Swiss science attaché), Volume 2 by Bernd Haunfelder on the political correspondence of the Swiss embassy in of the Federal Republic of Germany 1956–1963, volume 3 by Timothée Feller on the annual ambassadors conference 1945–1961, in October 2014 volume 4 by Bernd Haunfelder on the political reporting of the Swiss representation in Vienna 1938–1955, and in November 2015 volume 5, SOS Biafra by Dominik Matter on Swiss foreign relations in the area of ​​tension of the civil war in Nigeria. In December 2016, Christiane Sibille's “Harmony must dominate the world” (Volume 6) on international organizations and music in the first half of the 20th century was the first dissertation in the series. This was followed in 2017 by Ivo Rogic's Italian-language work “Diplomazia e“ rivoluzione ”on Switzerland, Guatemala, Cuba and Chile (Volume 7) and Thomas Bürgisser's“ Elective Affinities of Two Special Cases in the Cold War ”(Volume 8) on the relationship between Switzerland and the Socialist Yugoslavia in the Cold War.

All volumes can be ordered in print (soft and hardcover) and downloaded free of charge in various e-book formats.

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. a b c d e About us | dodis.ch. Retrieved December 12, 2017 .
  2. Research Group | dodis.ch. Diplomatic documents of Switzerland (Dodis), accessed on December 12, 2017 .
  3. International Committee of Editors of Diplomatic Documents | International Editors of Diplomatic Documents. Accessed December 12, 2017 .
  4. ^ Story of Dodis. Retrieved December 12, 2017 .
  5. Thematic Directory | dodis.ch. Retrieved December 12, 2017 .
  6. a b file edition. In: Diplomatic Documents of Switzerland. Retrieved December 12, 2017 .
  7. ^ When Bern bears brave the cold in FAZ from June 19, 2013, page 6
  8. Swiss Foreign Policy 1973–1975: The new volume is here! | dodis.ch. Retrieved May 4, 2018 .
  9. Biblio | dodis.ch. Retrieved December 12, 2017 .
  10. a b Quaderni di Dodis | dodis.ch. Retrieved December 12, 2017 .
  11. ^ «SOS Biafra» - New volume in the series «Quaderni di Dodis» | dodis.ch. Retrieved December 12, 2017 .

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