Anderson, B (2016) Alpine agency: locals, mountaineers and tourism in the eastern Alps, c. 1860-1914. Rural History: economy, society, culture, 27 (1). pp. 61-78. ISSN 1474-0656

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Like other forms of tourism, the activities of Alpine visitors in the late nineteenth century have normally been understood as created by the tourists themselves. In the narratives of both contemporaries and subsequent historians, local people tend to be marginalised, at best responding to the new demands of the emerging industry. This article focusses on relations between locals and mountaineers in the Eastern Alps to demonstrate that far from being passive recipients of tourist culture, local people were instrumental in defining the forms that tourism took. They were the early pioneers of infrastructure construction, lobbied to bring urban investment to the Alps, challenged urban Alpine organisations over intervention in the landscape, and engaged in collective bargaining to secure better pay and conditions. These roles helped to define tourism in the region, but also contributed to definitions of Alpine people amongst mountaineers that increasingly relied on race and biology.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DL Northern Europe. Scandinavia
Divisions: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Humanities
Depositing User: Symplectic
Date Deposited: 13 Jul 2015 10:16
Last Modified: 15 Apr 2019 11:41

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