The Emotions of Internationalism follows a number of international people and institutions active in the Alps in the 1920s and 1930s, exploring how they understood emotions and how they tried to employ them to achieve their political and non-political goals. Through the analysis of a broad spectrum of unpublished archival materials in four languages (English, French, Italian, and German), this study takes readers on an evocative, historical journey through the Alps. A wide range of characters populate its pages, from Heidi and the protagonists of novels and films set on the mountains, to Woodrow Wilson and other high-level political figures active both inside and outside of the League of Nations, to the alpinists and climbers engaged in hikes and international congresses, to the many children involved in camping trips, to the countless patients of the sanatoria for the treatment of tuberculosis which for decades used to dot alpine villages and to excite the popular imagination.
At the centre of the volume are people’s emotions-real and imagined-from the resentment left after the First World War to the ‘friendship’ evoked in speeches and concretely implemented in a number of alpine settings for a variety of purposes, to the ‘joy’ that contemporaries saw as the key to navigating the complexities of ‘modernity’ and to avoiding another war. The result is a compelling overview of the institutions and people involved in international cooperation in the 1920s and 1930s, understood through the lens of the history of emotions.
More about the book
Ilaria Scaglia, The Emotions of Internationalism: Feeling International Cooperation in the Alps in the Interwar Period (Oxford University Press, 2019)
About the Author
A native of Italy, Ilaria Scaglia studied and taught international history in the United States before joining Aston University in Birmingham as a Lecturer in Modern History in 2018. She was also a Volkswagen-Mellon post-doctoral research fellow in Germany (Free University Berlin) and a Visiting Researcher at the Centre for the History of Emotions at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin. Her main fields of interest include the history of internationalism and the history of aesthetics and emotions. She is a Board Member of the Coordinating Council for Women in History (CCWH) and an active committee member of the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations (SHAFR).