Geneva cultivates the idea that it is made by others. She enjoys celebrating a Picard (Calvin) and a Bourguignon (Théodore de Bèze) like her fathers. She praises the Protestant refuge as its source and the refugees as its benefactors. This great break between before and after the Reformation continues to mark Geneva’s history with all its ideological force, swallowing up the old Genevan and Savoyard autochthony in the insignificance of time.
Having become the head of the Protestant network in the 16th century, Geneva has adopted the double habit of welcoming its members while paying great attention to their origin. The country of birth, the date of arrival and that of the accession to the bourgeoisie of the city have long formed the political and social identity book of Geneva families from elsewhere.