The Mountain: A Political History from the Enlightenment to the Present (French Voices)

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In The Mountain, geographers Bernard Debarbieux and Gilles Rudaz trace the origins of the very concept of a mountain, showing how it is not a mere geographic feature but ultimately an idea, one that has evolved over time, influenced by changes in political climates and cultural attitudes. To truly understand mountains, they argue, we must view them not only as material realities but as social constructs, ones that can mean radically different things to different people in different settings.
 
From the Enlightenment to the present day, and using a variety of case studies from all the continents, the authors show us how our ideas of and about mountains have changed with the times and how a wide range of policies, from border delineation to forestry as well as nature protection and social programs, have been shaped according to them. A rich hybrid analysis of geography, history, culture, and politics, the book promises to forever change the way we look at mountains.


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About the Author:

Bernard Debarbieux is professor of geography and regional planning at the University of Geneva, Switzerland. Gilles Rudaz is a senior lecturer and associate researcher of geography at the University of Geneva, Switzerland, and a scientific collaborator at the Swiss Federal Office for the Environment. Jane Marie Todd has translated some seventy books, including Writing, Law, and Kingship in Old Babylonian Mesopotamia, also published by the University of Chicago Press.

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"The authors' treatment of the subject is interesting, clearly unique, and provides a perspective hitherto unrealized. The book's strengths, besides its variety of topics, are its global perspective and inclusion of contemporary issues. Essential." (Choice)

"The Mountain is a remarkable book, ambitious in scope and original in its argument that the history of mountains is to be found in the political configurations of modernity rather than in the mind or the imagination." (AAG Review of Books)

"The Mountain certainly represents a milestone in the study of the mountain as an idea: a soon-to-be classic of mountain studies." (Mountain Research and Development)

The Mountain offers an outstanding social and political science approach to mountains. Extending from the Enlightenment to the present day, the authors demonstrate an exceptional familiarity with the literature and recount how mountains, by embracing environment, development, and people, became an integral part of world politics following the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro and the United Nations designation of 2002 as the International Year of Mountains. This book is a tour de force—indispensable for anyone interested in mountains or anyone concerned about the future of our world.” (Jack D. Ives, United Nations University)

“With The Mountain, Debarbieux and Rudaz provide a rich offering of facts, anecdotes, and analyses about the role of mountains in international politics and in the imaginations of explorers, scientists, and mountain dwellers. Fascinating and highly readable, this ambitious book will appeal to armchair travelers around the globe, as well as any student of geography, politics, and international development.” (Tim Forsyth, London School of Economics and Political Science)

“Receding glaciers, threatened freshwater supplies, and high—magnitude catastrophic events are increasingly focusing global attention on the world’s high mountain landscapes and people.  The Mountain: A Political History from the Enlightenment to the Present is a timely and important contribution to our understanding of how definitions of mountains, their meaning, and perceptions of their value evolved throughout time.  It should be required reading for those in the mountain development, conservation, practitioner, and scientific communities alike.” (Alton C. Byers, High Mountains Adaptation Partnership)

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