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Reassessing British Mountaineering in the Age of Imperialism: Masculinity, Modernity and the Natural World, c. 1870-1914
September 12, 2012 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Paul Readman, Senior Lecturer in Modern British History at King’s College London, will present his paper “Reassessing British Mountaineering in the Age of Imperialism: Masculinity, Modernity and the Natural World, c.1870-1914.” The paper argues that the motivations of British alpinists, even in the age of high imperialism, cannot be reduced to interpretations that emphasize masculine and imperialistic factors above all others. For many, mountaineering had little to do with conquest, domination and assertive machismo, and much more to do with a respectful worship of beauty in nature, and a still-persisting appreciation of the mountain sublime.
Sponsored by the UNC History Department and the Steering Committee of the UNC-King’s College, London Partnership