Fighting and Surviving in High Altitude: Living Conditions, Everyday Life and their Representation in the War in the Alps 1915-1918

Segesser, Daniel Marc (28 June 2017). Fighting and Surviving in High Altitude: Living Conditions, Everyday Life and their Representation in the War in the Alps 1915-1918 (Unpublished). In: Natures in between: Environment in areas of contact among states, economic systems, cultures and religions – 9th Biennial Conference of the European Society of Environmental History. Zagreb. 28. Juni - 2. Juli 2017.

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First World War propaganda, but also popular movies like Luis Trenker’s Berge in Flammen for a long time presented the image of the war in alpine territory as a place, where single heroes fought a war in a magnificent natural scenery that was so different from the carnage of the western front. For some years now this image has been deconstructed (Brandauer, Hämmerle, Mondini, Wurzer) and research has shown that life and fighting on the alpine front was not so much different from the brutal reality of the western front. This paper wants to explore rarely used (and partially only recently published) diaries as well as photographic records from Austria, Switzerland and Slovenia that discuss or show natural phenomena in wartime. The main focus will be on analysis of the relationship between soldiers and nature as well as between citizens of different countries in a region, in which no one had tried to stay for the whole year before. This will certainly offer new insights on the daily lives of soldiers in the harsh conditions of the high altitude of the alpine front.

Item Type:

Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)

Division/Institute:

06 Faculty of Humanities > Department of History and Archaeology > Institute of History
06 Faculty of Humanities > Department of History and Archaeology > Institute of History > Modern and Contemporary History
06 Faculty of Humanities > Department of History and Archaeology > Institute of History > Economic, Social and Environmental History

UniBE Contributor:

Segesser, Daniel

Subjects:

900 History
900 History > 940 History of Europe

Language:

English

Submitter:

Daniel Segesser

Date Deposited:

08 Nov 2017 13:44

Last Modified:

08 Nov 2017 13:44

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/101715

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