Battlefield Tourism

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Through a series of case studies that involve past conflict in China, the United States, The South Pacific and Europe, the nature of battlefield sites as tourist locations are explored. As places of past conflict and individual acts of heroism, these sites are places of story telling. How are these stories told? And for what purposes are the stories told? The acts and modes of interpretation are many, ranging from a discourse conducted through silences to the more complex nuanced story telling told through re-enactments of past battles. The book also asks where is the battle-field? - as case studies relate to conflicts that ranged over several hundreds of miles, to, on the other hand, acts of local civil disturbance that subsequently achieved mythic values in a history of national identity. The book is divided into 'acts', these being 'Acts of Resource Management', 'Acts of Silence', 'Acts of Discovery and Rediscovery', 'Acts of Imagination' and 'Acts of Remembrance' and embrace examples as diverse as an re-enactment of past battles on a New Zealand rural town cricket pitch to the towering strength of the aircraft carrier USS Yorktown, and from the Straits of Taiwan to the centre of Canada.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780080453620
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 8/29/2007
  • Series: Routledge Advances in Tourism Series
  • Pages: 316
  • Product dimensions: 0.75 (w) x 6.14 (h) x 9.21 (d)

Meet the Author

Professor Chris Ryan has been at the University of Waikato since 1998, having arrived from his previous post of Professor of Tourism at the Northern Territory University. Chris is the editor of 'Tourism Management', has written well over 100 academic journal articles, book chapters and conference papers and some books. In 1999 he was appointed to the APEC Tourism Minister’s Advisory Committee by the Korean Social Science Association for Tourism for the 2000 APEC Tourism Minister’s conference, and again for the 2004 APEC Tourism Ministers' Conference held in Chile by the APEC Centre for Sustainable Tourism. Other international work includes work for the World Tourism Organisation. Within New Zealand he has completed work for Tourism New Zealand, the Ministry of Tourism, Tourism Auckland, Tourism Waikato and individual private sector organisations. One of these pieces of work, in 2004, required a review of New Zealand's Tourism Research Strategy on behalf of the Ministry of Tourism. His experiences range from work involved in helping to establish a World Heritage Site to advising on pricing for a jet boat operation. Chris is an Hononary Professor of the University of Wales and visits the Centre for Tourism and Hospitality at the University of Wales Institute at Cardiff on an annual basis. He is interested in research methods and epistemologies, and in tourist behaviours and the consequences of those behaviours in terms of impacts - social, psychological and environmental; and in the business organisations that shape those tourist experiences. His social science background is in economics and psychology having degrees from London, Nottingham, Nottingham Trent and Aston Universities.

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction
Chris Ryan

Acts of Resource Management
2. Introduction
Chris Ryan

3. Echoes of War: Battlefield Tourism
Bruce Prideaux

4. It’s just a bloody field! Approaches, opportunities and dilemmas of
Interpreting English battlefields
Mark Piekarz

5. A Proposed Code of Conduct for War Heritage Sites
Teresa Leopold

6. Jinggangshan Mountain - A Paradigm of China’s Red Tourism
Gu Huimin, Chris Ryan and Zhang Wei

Acts of Silence
7. Introduction
Chris Ryan

8. Post Colonial Representations of Japanese Military Heritage:
Political and Social aspects of battlefield tourism in the Pacific
and East Asia
Malcolm Cooper

9. The Battles of Rangiriri and Batouche – amnesia and memory.
Chris Ryan

10. Seventy years of waiting: a turning point for interpreting the
Spanish civil war?
Hugh Smith

11. The Legerdemain in the Rhetoric of Battlefield Museums:
Historical Pluralism and Cryptic Parti Pris
Craig Wight

Acts of Discovery and Rediscovery

12. Introduction
Chris Ryan

13. World War II and Tourism Development in Solomon Islands
Charlie Panakera

14. Xiamen and Kinmen – from cross-border strife to shopping trips
Li-Hui Chang and Chris Ryan

15. Hot war tourism: the live battlefield and the ultimate adventure holiday
Mark Piekarz

Acts of Imagination
16. Introduction
Chris Ryan

17. Cambridge Armistice Day Celebrations – making a carnival of war
and the reality of play.
Chris Ryan and Jenny Cave

18. Re-fighting the Eureka Stockade: managing a dissonant battlefield
Warwick Frost

19. Re-enacting the Battle of Aiken - honour redeemed
Chris Ryan

Acts of Remembrance
20. Introduction
Chris Ryan

21. Yorktown and Patriots Point, Charleston, South Carolina –
interpretation and personal perspectives
Chris Ryan

22. Romanticising Tragedy: Culloden battle site in Scotland
Fiona McLean, Mary-Catherine Garden and Gordon Urquhart

23. Forts Sumter and Moultrie – summer cruise into a catalyst for war
Chris Ryan

24. Synthesis and antithesis
Chris Ryan

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