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Glorified, Contested and Mobilized: the Alps in the Deutscher und Oesterreichischer Alpenverein from the 1860s to 1933

Peniston-Bird, Corinna and Rohkramer, Thomas and Schulz, Felix Robin (2010) Glorified, Contested and Mobilized: the Alps in the Deutscher und Oesterreichischer Alpenverein from the 1860s to 1933. Austrian Studies, 18 (2010). pp. 141-158. ISSN 1350-7532

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Abstract

From the foundation of the association to 1933, the Eastern Alps were glorified and politically mobilised in the publications of the Deutsch Oesterreichischer Alpenverein. This paper also shows, however, how constructions of the Alps, and activities within them, were the subject of contestation. We examine where competing visions of the space led to the increasing politicisation of an organisation which repeatedly sought to emphasise its apolitical nature. Given that this period encompasses the Austro-Prussian War, the separate formation of the German Empire, and repeated calls for Anschluß, the Verein's emphasis on a unified Germanness, which excluded non-German inhabitants of the region, was clearly politically charged. This discussion offers a case study which suggests the importance of attitudes and emotional responses to space and place in the formation of collective identities.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Austrian Studies
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DB Austria
Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > History
ID Code: 54204
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 18 May 2012 15:26
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 09 Apr 2014 23:26
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/54204

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