The Summits of Modern Man: Mountaineering After the by Peter H. Hansen

By Peter H. Hansen

The background of hiking has lengthy served as a metaphor for civilization positive. as soon as upon a time, the Alps have been an inaccessible habitat of specters and dragons, until eventually heroic men—pioneers of enlightenment—scaled their summits, categorised their strata and vegetation, and banished the phantoms ceaselessly. a desirable interdisciplinary research of the 1st ascents of the main Alpine peaks and Mount Everest, The Summits of recent guy surveys the far-ranging importance of our encounters with the world’s such a lot appealing and forbidding heights.

Our obsession with “who bought to the pinnacle first” can have all started in 1786, the yr Jacques Balmat and Michel-Gabriel Paccard climbed Mont Blanc and inaugurated an period within which Romantic notions of the elegant spurred climbers’ aspirations. within the following many years, hiking misplaced its innovative cachet because it grew to become linked as a substitute with bourgeois outside relaxation. nonetheless, the mythic tales of mountaineers, threaded via with issues of imperialism, masculinity, and ascendant Western technology and tradition, seized the mind's eye of artists and historians good into the 20th century, delivering grist for degree exhibits, poetry, movies, and panorama paintings.

Today, we are living at the threshold of a sizzling planet, the place melting glaciers and emerging sea degrees create ambivalence concerning the conquest of nature. lengthy after Hillary and Tenzing’s ascent of Everest, even though, similar to sleek guy ultimate at the mountaintop keeps its foreign money. Peter Hansen’s exploration of those power photographs exhibits how tough it truly is to visualize our courting with nature in phrases except domination.

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For example, there has long been political peace between the United States and Canada, yet it is a very significant social event when a Canadian team wins the World Series in baseball. The Olympic Games are on many levels a model of international sportsmanship and cooperation, yet at the end of each day's competition the focus is on which countries won the most medals. The rivalry between the United States and the former Soviet Union that dominated the Olympics during the Cold War is an excellent example of sport as surrogate warfare.

Arguably, residents of a city like Camden have fewer leisure options. In addition, Noll's argument that few out-of-towners travel to sporting events may not apply so much when the out-of-towners need only drive across a bridge or use readily available public transportation to spend money in a city they would not otherwise visit. " 25 Camden is a prime example of the decay that many see in America's cities and find shameful. 26 The proposed move to Camden by the Philadelphia sports franchises came when the State of New Jersey realized that what little economic vitality was left in the city was slipping away.

26 The broad conclusion from Bairn is that publicly financed stadiums are not moneymakers for cities. Table 2 summarizes Bairn's findings. Probably the largest flaw in any of these analyses, a flaw that argues against stadium construction by municipalities, is the underlying assumption that the purpose of a city government is to invest taxpayer funds as a private money manager would. As Bairn and others discuss, the function of a local government, as opposed to that of a money manager, is to pursue goals such as building civic pride, and encouraging indirect economic development.

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