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The Alps : a cultural history

Author: Andrew Beattie
Publisher: Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2006.
Series: Landscapes of the imagination.
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Synopsis: The Alps are Europe's highest mountain range: their broad arc stretches right across the center of the continent, encompassing a wide range of traditions and cultures. Andrew Beattie explores the turbulent past and vibrant present of this landscape, where early pioneers of tourism, mountaineering, and scientific research, along with the enduring legacies of historical regimes from the Romans to the Nazis,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Beattie, Andrew.
Alps.
Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2006
(OCoLC)607839801
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Andrew Beattie
ISBN: 0195309553 9780195309553 9781904955245 190495524X
OCLC Number: 69021087
Description: xiv, 246 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
Contents: Introduction: View from the Junfraujoch --
Part 1: Landscape --
Wriggling rock conundra --
Badly-made lasagna, buckled in the cooking --
Terrible noise that frightens the neighborhood --
Smoking blueness of Pluto's gloom --
Part 2: History --
In the beginning: Otzi the ice man --
Pre-Celtic times --
Celts and the coming of the Romans --
Roman remains --
Beginnings of Christianity --
Holy Roman Empire: castles, dukes and princes --
Liechtenstein: the last remaining princedom --
Savoy and the Dauphine --
Chateau de Chillon --
Viscontis and the Venetians --
Rise of the Habsburgs --
Man, a boy, an apple and an arrow --
Creation of Switzerland --
William Tell --
Switzerland after William Tell --
Missionaries and monasteries --
Monastery at the summit of the Great St Bernard Pass --
Saints and pilgrims --
Religious strife --
Napoleon and the French Revolution --
First World War --
Second World War --
Utterly careless of the fate of empires: peasant life --
Mining and industry --
Minority cultures --
Part 3: Imagination --
Ultimate fairy-tale castle --
Immortal ghosts and high-flying giants --
Religion, magic and the medieval imagination --
Here be dragons --
Low culture, high art --
New ways of seeing mountains: Jean-Jacques Rousseau and Albrecht von Haller --
Sublime and the Romantic --
English Romantics in the Alps: Wordsworth, Byron and Shelley --
Mary Shelley and Frankenstein --
John Ruskin: the Alps in art --
Heidi and Kekec --
Alps in Nazi ideology --
Hitler at Berchtesgaden --
Sound of music --
More Alpine films. Part 4: Visitors --
Playground of Europe --
Coming of mass tourism --
Lucerne: out come the backward sons --
It is difficult to procure beds, food or even attention --
Luxury of tea may always be had in perfection --
Strange shifting of the compass --
Out into the fresh air --
Subaqueaous penance --
Mountain writing --
Musicians and artists: that serene and glorious Switzerland --
Tobagganing and skating: a new excitement to the life of man upon his planet --
Henry Lunn and the development of skiing --
Monarch of Mont Blanc --
Mountain mania in London --
Better knowledge of the mountains through literature, science and art --
Matterhorn and the Eiger --
Those mysterious impulses which cause men to peer into the unknown --
Return to Lake Geneva --
Lake Geneva smart set --
Bibliography and further reading --
Index of literary, mythical, scientific & historical names --
Index of plates & landmarks.
Series Title: Landscapes of the imagination.
Responsibility: Andrew Beattie.
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