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NEW! PEAK PURSUITS: THE EMERGENCE OF MOUNTAINEERING IN THE NINETEENTH CENTURY Caroline Schaumann 2020 1st ed New hardcover Multiple copies available
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CT, Yale Univ Press, 2020, 1st edition. 365 pp, photos.  New hardcover with DJ.

A new cultural history of exploration and mountaineering in the nineteenth century. European forays to mountain summits began in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries with the search for plants and minerals and the study of geology and glaciers. Yet scientists were soon captivated by the enterprise of climbing itself, enthralled with the views and the prospect of “conquering” alpine summits.

Mountains inspired Romantic idealizations of nature and became a refuge from the industrializing West. As increased leisure time and advances in infrastructure and equipment opened up once formidable mountain regions to those seeking adventure and sport, a new model of masculinity emerged that was fraught with tensions. This book examines how written and artistic depictions of nineteenth-century exploration and mountaineering in the Andes, the Alps, and the Sierra Nevada shaped cultural understandings of nature and wilderness.

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Caroline Schaumann is associate professor of German studies at Emory University. She is co-editor of Heights of Reflection: Mountains in the German Imagination from the Middle Ages to the Twenty-First Century and author of Memory Matters: Generational Responses to Germany’s Nazi Past in Recent Women’s Literature.

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Peak Pursuits raises critical questions and is essential reading for anyone interested in the history of mountaineering. 
—Peter Hansen, Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Schaumann offers important new insights into well-studied subjects, and intervenes into ongoing, vibrant debates about the mountains and human-environment interactions writ large. 
—Andrew Denning, University of Kansas

Lyrical and incisive, haunting and urgent, Caroline Schaumann’s Peak Pursuits provides an essential reexamination of the history of mountaineering and the resonance of its legacy in our Anthropocene Age.
—Katie Ives, editor-in-chief of Alpinist

A brilliant and beautifully written contribution to the new cultural history of mountaineering.  A climber herself, Schaumann takes us from the Alps to the Andes with sensitivity and verve and puts her fascinating cast of characters from Humboldt to Muir in the many varied contexts in which they belong. Here finally is a climbing history for the Anthropocene.
—Stewart Weaver, co-author of Fallen Giants: A History of Himalayan Mountaineering from the Age of Empire to the Age of Extremes

Peak Pursuits significantly enhances our understanding of man’s scientific, aesthetic, and material interaction with mountains during the long nineteenth century from a transnational perspective. A major achievement in mountain studies.
—Harald Höbusch, author of Mountain of Destiny: Nanga Parbat and its Path into the German Imagination  

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