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Cities, Mountains and Being Modern in fin-de-siècle England and Germany

Authors: Anderson, Ben

  • Considers the physical culture and ‘nature’ movements of the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries
  • Offers a transnational analysis of these leisure movements and demonstrates how they contested the meaning and future of modernity  
  • Provides historical analysis while incorporating theories and methodologies from cultural geography 
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About this book

This book is the first transnational history of rambling and mountaineering. Focussing on the critical turn-of-the-century era, it offers new insights into alpine development, attitudes to danger, cultures of time, internationalism and domesticity in the outdoors. It charts an emerging group of mass tourist activities, and argues that these thousands of walkers and climbers can only be understood within the context of the urban cultures from which most of them came. In doing so, it offers a fresh perspective on the relationship of alpinists and countryside enthusiasts to the modern world. Instead of an escape from or rejection of modernity, it finds that upland trampers and climbers contested what it meant to be modern, used those modern identities to make political claims on rural space and rural people, and sought to define what a more modern future society should be like.

About the authors

Benjamin M. Anderson is a multi-award winning Lecturer in Twentieth Century European History at Keele University, UK, as well as a BBC Radio 3/AHRC New Generation Thinker 2018 who has published and broadcast widely on environmental histories of leisure. He is also an enthusiastic, if recently-lapsed mountaineer and climber. 

Reviews

“What was it to be modern in fin-de-siécle Manchester, Munich and Vienna? In this conceptually sophisticated and historically imaginative book, Ben Anderson argues that this question, undergirded by urban desires and anxieties, could be answered on the mountains of Europe. This essential work shows how a complex suite of class, gender and national identities made snow-covered peaks no less sites of modernity than the metalled roads of the city.” (Matthew Kelly, Northumbria University, UK, author of Quartz and Feldspar. Dartmoor: A British Landscape in Modern Times (London, 2015))

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eBook $64.99
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  • The eBook version of this title will be available soon
  • Due: March 17, 2020
  • ISBN 978-1-137-54000-3
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Hardcover $84.99
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  • ISBN 978-1-137-53999-1
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Cities, Mountains and Being Modern in fin-de-siècle England and Germany
Authors
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-54000-3
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-54000-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-53999-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 302
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