The Mountain: A Political History From The Enlightenment To The Present

Hardcover | September 10, 2015

byBernard Debarbieux, Gilles RudazTranslated byJane Marie Todd

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In The Mountain, geographers Bernard Debarbieux and Gilles Rudaz trace the origins of the very concept of a mountain, showing how it is not a mere geographic feature but ultimately an idea, one that has evolved over time, influenced by changes in political climates and cultural attitudes. To truly understand mountains, they argue, we must view them not only as material realities but as social constructs, ones that can mean radically different things to different people in different settings.
 
From the Enlightenment to the present day, and using a variety of case studies from all the continents, the authors show us how our ideas of and about mountains have changed with the times and how a wide range of policies, from border delineation to forestry as well as nature protection and social programs, have been shaped according to them. A rich hybrid analysis of geography, history, culture, and politics, the book promises to forever change the way we look at mountains.


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In The Mountain, geographers Bernard Debarbieux and Gilles Rudaz trace the origins of the very concept of a mountain, showing how it is not a mere geographic feature but ultimately an idea, one that has evolved over time, influenced by changes in political climates and cultural attitudes. To truly understand mountains, they argue, we m...

Bernard Debarbieux is professor of geography and regional planning at the University of Geneva, Switzerland. Gilles Rudaz is a senior lecturer and associate researcher of geography at the University of Geneva, Switzerland, and a scientific collaborator at the Swiss Federal Office for the Environment. Jane Marie Todd has translated some...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:352 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.2 inPublished:September 10, 2015Publisher:University Of Chicago PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:022603111X

ISBN - 13:9780226031118

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Table of Contents

Foreword by Martin F. Price
Acknowledgments
Introduction

One / The Mountain as Object of Knowledge

Part I: The Mountain of States and Nations

Two / The Mountain and the Territoriality of the Modern State
Three / The Mountaineer: The Other in the Heart of the Nation, or Its Emblematic Figure?
Four / Politics of Nature
Five / The Mountain as Living Environment

Part II: The Mountain on a Global Scale

Six / The Mountain and Colonial and Postcolonial Territoriality
Seven / Exporting and Acclimatizing Regional Planning Models to the Tropics
Eight / The Globalization of Mountain Issues
Nine / Mountain Men and Women of Globalization
Ten / The EU Mountain: Nowhere to Be Found?
Eleven / The Unifying Mountain

Conclusion
Notes
Index

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“Receding glaciers, threatened freshwater supplies, and high—magnitude catastrophic events are increasingly focusing global attention on the world’s high mountain landscapes and people.  The Mountain: A Political History from the Enlightenment to the Present is a timely and important contribution to our understanding of how definitions of mountains, their meaning, and perceptions of their value evolved throughout time.  It should be required reading for those in the mountain development, conservation, practitioner, and scientific communities alike.”