n Historia - Gipfelstürmerinnen. Eine Geschlechtergeschichte des Alpinismus in der Schweiz 1840-1940, Tanja Wirz : book review

Volume 52, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0018-229X
  • Author Undine S. Weber
  • Source : Historia, Volume 52, Issue 2, Nov 2007, p. 322 - 324
  • Accreditation : Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET)
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    The International Bibliography of Social Sciences (IBSS)



Wirz' doctoral thesis on the history of women mountaineering in Switzerland between 1840 and 1940, goes beyond the mere academic informative - it dares to be an entertaining read too. While showing with great aplomb that the depiction of the Alps and of "conquering" them always implies a meta-discourse on dominance and othering, Wirz does not fall into the trap of re-hashing truisms about the so-called battle between the sexes.

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