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

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Felix Schulz


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From the foundation of the organization to 1933, the Eastern Alps were glorified and politically mobilized in the publications of the German and Austrian Alpine Association. This article also shows 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 politicization of an organization that repeatedly sought to emphasize 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 Association's emphasis on a common German identity 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.

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Author(s): Penitston-Bird CM, Rohkrämer T, Schulz FR

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Austrian Studies

Year: 2010

Volume: 18

Issue: 1

Pages: 141-158

Print publication date: 01/09/2010

ISSN (print): 1350-7532

ISSN (electronic): 2222-4262

Publisher: Modern Humanities Research Association


Notes: Special Issue: Austria and the Alps


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