Welcome to the largest historical institute in Switzerland. At the Department of History, we research and teach history through a wide range of themes and methods. This includes the history of Switzerland from the Middle Ages to Globalization, the History of Western and Eastern Europe from antiquity to the present, as well as the History of Africa, Asia, and the USA. We inquire about the thoughts and actions of people in their time, about the relationship between history and the present-- and about the conditions for knowing something about past times today.