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Good start. And it seems you managed quite well to make the distinction between the city of Berne, focussing more of the city development here, and the canton of Berne, which would be the right place to discuss the territorial expansion of the city state and the political machinations that went with it. For this article, a map showing the successive stages of the expansion of the city (Zytglogge/Käfigturm/Christoffelturm, and then 19th century Länggasse and slightly later Breitenrain; don't know about Kirchenfeld, 20th century: Bümpliz, Bethlehem, agglomeration) would be nice. The big fire started on May 14, 1405. The full text of the Berner Zeitschrift für Geschichte und Heimatkunde is available online; pre-1997 issues are a nightmare to navigate (not searchable), but it's still a great resource if you can read German. We do have an article of Vogt; maybe it's a better term than sheriff in this context. The peasant war of 1653 deserves its own article; Bauernkrieg (1653) in German, French and Italian in the online Historical Dictionary of Switzerland. and  might be useful resources for that article. Lupo 08:18, 21 March 2006 (UTC)
Thanks for the useful info! Sandstein 08:52, 21 March 2006 (UTC)
Bern in the Middle Ages and the Ancien Régime
"However, evidence for individual settlements as well as a seventh to ninth century church and a ninth to tenth century Burgundian fortified settlement have been found." is IMO misleading even if true, because, these early middle ages findings are not in the historical city of bern within the aareschlaufe but in bümpliz, which happens to be the only municipality to be integrated into the city. the burgundian königshof was there, the altes schloss bümpliz still is.--Ajnem (talk) 16:18, 4 September 2009 (UTC)