In spite of these differences, the national celebrations of the 600th anniversary of the Swiss Eidgenossenschaft in 1891 expressed the increasing integration of the Catholic population, who participated in the foundational myth of 1291. Politically and socially, Catholic self-definition through segregation led to the integration of Catholics into Swiss society, both through political participation and through shared or differing narratives of the nation. In spite of this integration, however, Protestantism remained more formative for Switzerland's national culture.

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