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By Tait Keller

notwithstanding the Alps might seem to be a calm position, the famed mountains as soon as supplied the backdrop for a political, environmental, and cultural conflict as Germany and Austria struggled to modernize. Tait Keller examines the mountains' threefold function in reworking the 2 international locations, as humans sought respite within the mountains, reworked and formed them in accordance with their wishes, and through the years started to view them as nationwide symbols and icons of individualism.

In the mid-nineteenth century, the Alps have been considered as a spot of solace from business improvement and the stresses of city existence. quickly, even though, mountaineers, or the so-called apostles of the Alps, begun carving the crags to fit their whims, changing the ordinary panorama with trails and inns, and looking to modernize and nationalize the excessive frontier. Disagreements over the that means of modernization opened the mountains to competing agendas and antagonistic pursuits. Keller examines the ways that those opposing methods corresponded to the political battles, social conflicts, tradition wars, and environmental crusades that formed smooth Germany and Austria, putting the Alpine borderlands on the center of the German query of nationhood.

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