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Author Hansen, Peter H.

Title The summits of modern man : mountaineering after the enlightenment / Peter H. Hansen
Published Cambridge : Harvard University Press, [2013]
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Contents Frontmatter -- Contents -- Illustrations -- CHAPTER ONE Beginnings -- CHAPTER TWO Discovery of the Glacières -- CHAPTER THREE Ascent and Enfranchisement -- CHAPTER FOUR Who Was First? -- CHAPTER FIVE Temple of Nature -- CHAPTER SIX Social Climbers -- CHAPTER SEVEN Age of Conquest -- CHAPTER EIGHT History Detectives -- CHAPTER NINE Almost Together -- CHAPTER TEN Bodies of Ice -- Abbreviations -- Notes -- Acknowledgments -- Index
Summary Mountaineering has served as a metaphor for civilization triumphant. A fascinating study of the first ascents of the major Alpine peaks and Mt. Everest, The Summits of Modern Man reveals the significance of our encounters with the world's most forbidding heights and how difficult it is to imagine nature in terms other than conquest and domination
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Mountaineering -- History.
Mountaineering -- Philosophy.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0674074521 (electronic bk.)
9780674074521 (electronic bk.)