Modern mountains from the Enlightenment to the Anthropocene
The Historical Journal
Cambridge University Press
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Simpson, T. Modern mountains from the Enlightenment to the Anthropocene. The Historical Journal, 62 (2), 553-581. https://doi.org/10.17863/CAM.28017
Recent scholarship across a range of historical sub-disciplines shows that uplands are where many forms of modernity are both crafted and overwhelmed. Maintaining multiple tensions—between assimilation and distinction, between projections of power and material and human resistance, and between knowledge and elusiveness—is essential to the modernities crafted in mountain spaces. This review highlights a number of common threads running through recent writings on modern mountains. These include heightened attention to the importance of mountains as arenas for the performance of gendered, racial, national, and class-based subjectivities, and the persistence of earlier attitudes and activities in avowedly disenchanted modern visions of uplands. For all of the successes of recent scholarship, more work remains in order to consider mountains in global contexts and to come to terms with our continued entanglement in modern ways of understanding and acting in high places. Looking ahead, it is vital that historians think with and about mountains in order to contribute positively and persuasively to discussions on the human and environmental impacts of global change.
This record's DOI: https://doi.org/10.17863/CAM.28017
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