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The Emotions of InternationalismFeeling International Cooperation in the Alps in the Interwar Period$
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Ilaria Scaglia

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780198848325

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2020

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198848325.001.0001

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Associating Emotions and Internationalism with the Alps

Associating Emotions and Internationalism with the Alps

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(p.19) 1 Associating Emotions and Internationalism with the Alps
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The Emotions of Internationalism
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Ilaria Scaglia

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198848325.003.0002

Chapter 2 provides an overview of the forces that led to both the internationalization and the sentimentalization of the Alps in the interwar period. It argues that changes in demography, the appropriation of the mountains on the part of political movements across the political spectrum, the tension between modernity and anti-modernity and also between nationalism and internationalism all played an important role in this context. Moreover, a vast array of cultural productions—ranging from film, to novels (e.g. Heidi), to “typical” alpine products (e.g. fondue), to the news coverage of major events such as the Winter Olympics—contributed to the construction of the Alps as a quintessential site for international cooperation.

Keywords:   political appropriation, modernization, anti-modernization, infrastructure, aesthetics, literary descriptions, film/Bergfilm, boundaries/borders formation

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