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History of Geneva

Geneva was part of the Roman Empire for a good 500 years from 120 BC. Till the 16th century it was ruled by bishop-princes and managed to ward of the Duke of Savoy till 1603, who then took it over and added it to his already extensive kingdom. Catholicism which till now had been the main religion in this area took a backseat as Calvinism prevailed. The French took over the city in 1798 and Geneva finally joined the Confederation in 1815. In 1920, the League of Nations was formed here after the First World War. In true Swiss fashion, Geneva has been an extremely important center of diplomacy in the 20th century. Home to innumerable international organizations including the Int’l Labor Organization (ILO) and the World Health Organization (WHO), Geneva has witnessed the signing and sealing of many a peace treaty and mediated several conflicts between nations.

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