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The British and the Grand Tour (Routledge Revivals)





ISBN 9780415609821
Published July 13, 2011 by Routledge
288 Pages

 
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Book Description

First published in 1985, this is a history of the Grand Tour, undertaken by young men in the eighteenth century to complete their education - a tour usually to France, Italy and Switzerland, and sometimes encompassing Germany. Rather than being another popular treatment of the theme, this is a scholarly analysis of the motives, purposes, activities and achievements of those who made the Grand Tour.

The book considers to what extent the Grand Tour did fulfil its theoretical educational function, or whether travellers merely parroted the observations of their guidebooks. It also indicates the importance of the Grand Tour in introducing foreign customs into Britain and extending the cosmopolitanism of the European upper classes. 

Table of Contents

1. Numbers, Routes and Destinations  2. Transport  3. Accomodation, Food and Drink  4. War, Disputes, Accidents and Crime 5. Love, Sex, Gambling and Drinking  6. Health and Death  7. Cost and Finance  8. Social and Political Reflections  9. Religion  10. The Arts  11. The Debate over the Grand Tour: Conclusions

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