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War Tourism


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Table of Contents

Introduction: Tourism, Aesthetics, and War
1. The Emergence of France as a Tourist Icon in the Belle Epoque
2. Two 1940 Locales as Sites and Symbols: The Maginot Line and the Compiegne Railway Car
3. French Tourism in their Occupied Country
4. German Tourism in Occupied France, 1940-1944
5. The Liberation-1944: Normandy and Paris
6. Sites of Memory and the TouristImaginary
7. Tourism, War, and Memory in PostwarFrance
Conclusion: Tourism and Appropriate Remembrance
Appendix: References and Sites

About the Author

Bertram Gordon is Professor of European History at Mills College. He is the author of Collaborationism in France during the Second World War and The Historical Dictionary of World War II France.


"Gordon does not simply write an internal history of the tourist imaginary, but argues that it played an important role in the political and economic history of twentieth-century France. War Tourism is well worth the visit."

* H-Diplo *

"This fascinating book will undoubtedly inspire future historians to look more closely at the intersections between tourism and war in countries beyond France and beyond the Second World War."

* H-Soz-Kult *

"By integrating tourist behaviors, gazes, and imaginaries into the study of wartime France and its legacy, War Tourism makes a significant contribution to scholarship in several areas, most notably by demonstrating how fruitfully these areas can be combined."

* H-France Review *

"War Tourism will be an engaging read for scholars and students of war, travel and twentieth-century France... This book is a compelling reminder of the persistence of ordinary life during even the direst of wartime conditions"

* French Politics, Culture & Society *

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