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The Hidden Frontier – Ecology and Ethnicity in an Alpine Valley - California Scholarship Online
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The Hidden Frontier: Ecology and Ethnicity in an Alpine Valley

John Cole and Eric Wolf


This classic in the study of ethnicity, identity, and nation-building has a new introduction (on which Eric Wolf collaborated near the end of his life) that shows the continuing validity of the book's approach to ethnography, ecology, culture, and politics. The chapters investigate two Alpine villages—the German-speaking community of St. Felix and Romance-speaking Tret—only a mile apart in the same mountain valley.

Keywords: ethnicity, identity, nation-building, Alpine villages, St. Felix, Tret, culture, politics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1999 Print ISBN-13: 9780520216815
Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520216815.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John Cole, author

Eric Wolf, author