Alfred Escher, historian and publicist, Swisspreneur Podcast
EP #100 - Alfred Escher: Wie Ein Unternehmer Die Schweiz Für Immer Veränderte

Joseph Jung (Historian and Publicist)

September 24, 2020
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Timestamps:

6:01 – Wie die Eisenbahnfrage die Schweiz für immer verändert hat
30:53 – Wer ist Alfred Escher als Mensch?
48:03 – Wie Escher mit Verlust klargekommen ist
59:42 – Umgang mit Krankheit
1:24:48 – Hat Alfred Escher ein tragisches Ende gefunden?

Biographies

Joseph Jung

Joseph Jung is a historian, consultant and the author of one of the most influential biographies of Swiss entrepreneur Alfred Escher as well as “Laboratorium des Fortschritts – die Schweiz im 19. Jahrhundert”. Joseph studied Swiss history, modern general history, history of law and German language and literature at the University of Fribourg, where he received his doctorate in 1987. In 1998 he habilitated at the ETH Zurich and was a private lecturer there until 2006. In addition to his scientific activities, Jung was Managing Director and Head of Research at the Alfred Escher Foundation (2006 to 2016).

Alfred Escher

Alfred Escher (1819-1882) is considered one of Switzerland’s most influential early entrepreneurs. Among his “ventures” are the ETH Zurich, Credit Suisse, the Gotthard railways and Swiss Life. He was also a prominent political figure of his time. He served as National Councilor (Bundesrat) for 34 years and was elected National Council President (Bundesratspräsident) four times during this period.

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