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The Swiss Confederation 1291 - 1797,
Putzger Historischer Atlas zur Welt- und Schweizer Geschichte, Berlin 1981, p.III
This single map summarizes five centuries of Swiss history. The graphic choices, colours and outlines, and the combination of 20th century borders with ancient ones are so strange that the reader sees:
A) Switzerland like an island surrounded by a large unclear yellow zone.
B) Valtellina, Mulhouse, Rottweil and some parts of Savoy and Ossola valley as "lost territories".

In fact, during these five centuries, the Swiss Confederation was a loose association composed of different kinds of alliances between 13 real cantons and various small states. Some cantons and  statelets were occupying, alone or jointly, vassal territories and the political organization of the whole was particularly complex.