Determinism in the mountains: The ongoing belief in the bellicosity of 'mountain people'

Steve Pickering
2011 The Economics of Peace and Security Journal  
It has long been argued that mountains have an effect on wars. While some research understands this chiefly in physical terms, other research looks at the effect that mountains have on human nature. This article will look at the two thousand year history of the term 'mountain people.' It will explore how the belief has emerged that living in mountainous regions changes people to the degree that it makes them more likely to engage in conflict. It will also explore how mountain people can be seen
more » ... people can be seen in a more positive light, but this perspective is often ignored by both popular media and conflict research. It will make the case that the foundations upon which perceptions of 'mountain people' are based are rather shaky and somewhat misleading for empirical conflict research.
doi:10.15355/epsj.6.2.21 fatcat:7gwlcclksratpcb2xt6bm4puku