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Cultural History of Tourism


Visentin C.

Course director


The course will offer an overview concerning the rise and development of tourism and tourism industry in the 19th and 20th centuries, focusing on economic, social and cultural aspects, and examining in details some moments of high significance: Thomas Cook, the "golden era" of cruises, tourism and Nazism, "mass tourism", "Hippie Trail" and backpackers. Students are expected to study the course slides, together with the following textbook.


O. Löfgren, On Holiday: A History of Vacationing, University of California Press, 2002. Introduction, Part II (chapter 2), Part III.