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Skiing into Modernity: A Cultural and Environmental History

Series: Sport in World History Volume: 3

By: Andrew Denning (Author)

307 pages, 29 b/w illustrations, 1 map, 4 tables

University of California Press

Paperback | no dustjacket | Feb 2015 | #217144 | ISBN-13: 9780520284289
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Hardback | no dustjacket | Feb 2015 | #216070 | ISBN-13: 9780520284272
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About this book

Examines the relationship between skiers and the Alpine environment since the late nineteenth century. It argues that skiing and winter tourism modernized the Alps in both material and perceptual terms while the Alpine landscape itself challenged skiers to alter their practices and philosophies of sport, leisure and nature, harmonizing Alpine skiing with modern cultural values and social practices in the twentieth century.


Contents

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Introduction

PART ONE. TAKING ROOT
1 An Uphill Climb
2 A Civilizing Force
3 A Family Feud

PART TWO. MODERN MOBILITIES
4 Joy in Movement
5 Ecstasy in Speed
6 Modernity in Sport

PART THREE. LANDSCAPES OF LEISURE
7 Consuming Alpine Skiing
8 The Pursuit of White Gold

Epilogue
Bibliography
Index


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