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A History of Modern Tourism


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Introduction: Modern Tourism 1. Beginnings: The Grand Tour 2. The Sublime and Beautiful 3. The Age of Steam 4. Packaging New Trips 5. Guidebooks and the Importance of Seeing the Sights 6. Tourism in an Age of Empires and Nationalism 7. Bicycles, Automobiles, and Aircraft 8. Tourism During the Interwar Years 9. Tourism in the Postwar 10. Mass Tourism Conclusion: Never Ask An Historian About the Future.

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From the footsteps of Herodotus to the vapour trails of jetsetters, Eric G. E. Zuelow succinctly guides readers through centuries of human travel. His brisk narrative unpacks how tourism industries and the pursuit of leisure created the modern world.' - Anthony Stanonis, Queen's University Belfast, UK 'Eric G. E. Zuelow offers a narrative as enriching and engrossing as the Grand Tour, but in a manner as accessible as a Cook's tour. Surveying the long history of travel, he captures nuance and detail with literary elan. Whether on a beach or a train, in a library of a classroom, it will greatly reward all who read it.' - Kevin James, Univesrity of Guelph, Canada 'A History of Modern Tourism [...] is a readable account of how tourism has developed since The Grand Tour of the 18th century. It looks at movers and shakers in the tourism sector [...] and at how the industry has shaped globalisation and the modern world.' - Adam Nebbs, South China Morning Post

About the Author

Eric Zuelow is Associate Professor of European History at the University of New England, USA, and has also taught classes on the history of tourism at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, West Liberty State College, and the University of Guelph. He is the author of Making Ireland Irish: Tourism and National Identity since the Irish Civil War (Syracuse University Press 2009) and is the editor of Tourism Beyond the Nation: A Transnational Approach to European Tourism History (Ashgate 2011). He is also editor-in-chief for the Journal of Tourism History.


Zuelow's History is not the first general history of modern tourism. However, it is sure to be the touchstone for future students of the topic. He has given us a compelling narrative to take as a starting point for future research. * Erich deWald, Journal of Global History *

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