Mountain

Nature and Culture

Veronica della Dora

Mountain

Veronica della Dora

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248 pages | 70 color plates, 30 halftones | 5 3/4 x 8 1/4 | © 2016
Paper $24.95 ISBN: 9781780236476 Published September 2016 For sale in North and South America only
Majestic and awe-inspiring, there is nothing like the sight of a mountain on the horizon. Throughout all of human history mountains have been linked to the eternal, attracting us to their dizzying heights, stunning us with their natural beauty, and often threatening us with their dangers. Through a compelling journey to both real and imaginary peaks, this book explores how the mountain has figured in our history, culture, and imaginations.
            Veronica della Dora explores the ways mountains have functioned spiritually as a boundary between life and death, a bridge between the earth and the heavens. Interlacing science, culture, and religion, she sketches the mountain as a geological phenomenon that has profoundly influenced and been influenced by the human imagination, shaping our environmental consciousness and helping us understand our—quite small indeed—place in the world. She also explores their significance as objects of human feats, as prizes of adventure and sport, and as places of serene beauty for vacationers. Magnificently illustrated and showcasing famous peaks from all around the world, Mountain offers a fascinating dual portrait of these giants in nature and culture.
 
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“This delightful tribute to mountains judiciously blends an aesthetic appreciation of mountains with an objective understanding of their geographic features. Recommended.”
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