Apostles of the Alps: Mountaineering and Nation Building in Germany and Austria, 1860-1939 (Paperback)Tait Keller (author)
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In the mid-nineteenth century, the Alps were regarded as a place of solace from industrial development and the stresses of urban life. Soon, however, mountaineers, or the so-called "apostles of the Alps", began carving the crags to suit their whims, altering the natural landscape with trails and lodges, and seeking to modernize and nationalize the high frontier. Disagreements over the meaning of modernization opened the mountains to competing agendas and hostile ambitions. Keller examines the ways in which these opposing approaches corresponded to the political battles, social conflicts, culture wars, and environmental crusades that shaped modern Germany and Austria, placing the Alpine borderlands at the heart of the German question of nationhood.
Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
Number of pages: 288
Weight: 525 g
Dimensions: 235 x 155 x 20 mm
An excellent example of how to study the 'conquest of nature.'. . . Very convincingly demonstrates how the ecoregion of the Alps was transformed.--H-Net Reviews
A useful overall account of developments [in the Alps], filling his narrative with verve, enthusiasm, and numerous interesting vignettes. . . . An original contribution through [the] extensive use of association periodicals and focus on the work of Alpine activists.--German Historical Institute London Bulletin
Does an excellent job in teasing out many of the contradictions or at least tensions that Alpinism created in simultaneously promoting nature and access to it.--American Historical Review
Due to the excellent and detailed investigation and use of primary sources, the author provides a broad picture with occasional keen insights and specific examples.--European History Quarterly
Should be widely read by students and scholars for its wide-ranging discussion of mountaineering, tourism, nationalism, and environmental history.--Journal of Modern History
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