Glorified, Contested and Mobilized: The Alps in the Deutscher und Österreichischer Alpenverein from the 1860s to 1933 (2010)

Author(s): Penitston-Bird CM, Rohkrämer T, Schulz FR

    Abstract: From the foundation of the organization to 1933, the Eastern Alps were glorified and politically mobilized in the publications of the German and Austrian Alpine Association. This article also shows how constructions of the Alps, and activities within them, were the subject of contestation. We examine where competing visions of the space led to the increasing politicization of an organization that repeatedly sought to emphasize its apolitical nature. Given that this period encompasses the Austro-Prussian War, the separate formation of the German Empire, and repeated calls for Anschluss, the Association's emphasis on a common German identity which excluded non-German inhabitants of the region, was clearly politically charged. This discussion offers a case-study which suggests the importance of attitudes and emotional responses to space and place in the formation of collective identities.

    Notes: Special Issue: Austria and the Alps

    • Type of Article: Research Article
    • Date: 01-09-2010
    • Journal: Austrian Studies
    • Volume: 18
    • Issue: 1
    • Pages: 141-158
    • Publisher: Modern Humanities Research Association
    • Publication type: Article
    • Bibliographic status: Published

    Dr Felix Schulz
    Senior Lecturer in Mod European History