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The Summits of Modern Man
Author: Peter H. Hansen

ISBN: 9780674047990
Format: Hardcover
Number Of Pages: 366
Published: 29 April 2013
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 24.4 x 16.4 x 3.0
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The history of mountaineering has long served as a metaphor for civilization triumphant. Once upon a time, the Alps were an inaccessible habitat of specters and dragons, until heroic men-pioneers of enlightenment-scaled their summits, classified their strata and flora, and banished the phantoms forever. A fascinating interdisciplinary study of the first ascents of the major Alpine peaks and Mount Everest,The Summits of Modern Man surveys the far-ranging significance of our encounters with the world's most alluring and forbidding heights.



Our obsession with "who got to the top first" may have begun in 1786, the year Jacques Balmat and Michel-Gabriel Paccard climbed Mont Blanc and inaugurated an era in which Romantic notions of the sublime spurred climbers' aspirations. In the following decades, climbing lost its revolutionary cachet as it became associated instead with bourgeois outdoor leisure. Still, the mythic stories of mountaineers, threaded through with themes of imperialism, masculinity, and ascendant Western science and culture, seized the imagination of artists and historians well into ...

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