Holidays in the Danger Zone exposes the mundane and everyday interactions between two seemingly opposed worlds: warfare and tourism. Debbie Lisle shows how a tourist sensibility shapes the behavior of soldiers in warespecially the experiences of Western military forces in “exotic” settings. This includes not only R&R but also how battlefields become landscapes of leisure and tourism. She further explores how a military sensibility shapes the development of tourism in the postwar context, from “Dark Tourism” (engaging with displays of conflict and atrocity) to exhibitions of conflict in museums and at memorial sites, as well as advertising, film, journals, guidebooks, blogs, and photography.
Focused on how war and tourism reinforce prevailing modes of domination, Holidays in the Danger Zone critically examines the long historical arc of the war-tourism nexusfrom nineteenth-century imperialism to World War I and World War II, from the Cold War to globalization and the War on Terror.
About the Author
Debbie Lisle is a reader in international relations in the School of Politics, International Studies, and Philosophy at Queen’s University Belfast. Her books include The Global Politics of Contemporary Travel Writing.
Table of Contents
Contents Introduction: Entanglements of War and Tourism 1. The Double Vision of Empire: The Gordon Relief Campaign, 1884-85 2. Tours of Duty, Tours of Pleasure: Battlefield Journeys and the Rise of Militourism, 1914-45 3. Bipolar Travels: Tourism and Conflict at the Edges of the Cold War 4. Global Interventions: Contested History and the Rise of Dark Tourism 5. Connecting Tourism and Terrorism: Milblogs, Soft Targets, and the Securitization of Travel Conclusion. Touring Otherwise: The Ethical Possibilities of Entanglement Acknowledgments Notes Bibliography Index