The Delicious History of the Holiday

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Our holidays lie near the heart of our emotional life, enjoyed for a fortnight, fed on in imagination for eleven months of the year. What we want from our holidays tells a lot about who we are and what we wish we were.

In this charming account Fred Inglis traces the rise of the holiday from its early roots in the Grand Tour through the coming of Thomas Cook and his Blackpool packages to sex tourism and the hippie trail to Kathmandu. He celebrates the bodily pleasures of generations of tourists - from Edwardian banquets in Paris to fish and chips on the beach, from the Bright Young Things on the Riveria to the chosen hardships of the sea, the desert wastes and the mountain tops. He considers the ideals and the spiritual aspirations which are part of what we look for in a holiday, but he also warns of a darker current- how we have increasingly destroyed what we take most pleasure in and how the dealings between those who have much and those who have little, can seldom, however good our intentions, avoid the taint of exploitation.

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Inglis (cultural studies, Sheffield University) traces the rise of the holiday from its early roots in the Grand Tour, through the coming of Thomas Cook and his Blackpool packages, to sex tourism and the hippie trail to Katmandu. He celebrates the bodily pleasures of generations of tourists and considers the ideals and spiritual aspirations sought in a holiday. But he also warns of a darker element, showing that tourism increasingly destroys what we take pleasure in and is often tainted with economic exploitation. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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'As the title and images on the cover suggest, [Fred Inglis] adopts a certain lightness of touch, eshewing dry-and-dusty historical analysis for a highly personal account through which the author's opinions are made known.' - Steve Shaw, University of North London
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415133043
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 10/28/2000
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

1. The Perfect Holiday 2. The Invention of Tourism 3. Confecting Seaside 4. The Meaning of Luxury 5. Magnetic Dangers 6. The Industrialisation of Mobility 7. The Mediterranean 8. Foreign Bodies 9. City States 10. Futures: Virtue on Vacation
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