The British Abroad: The Grand Tour in the Eighteenth Century

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Sutton, 1997 - 355 páginas
Travel for pleasure developed greatly in the eighteenth century, and in this scholarly, yet accessible, study, Jeremy Black examines travel on the Continent, the so-called Grand Tour. The British Abroad considers not only the standard destinations of France and Italy but also the Low Countries, Germany, Switzerland and the Balkans. It describes in detail the modes of transport, the range of accommodation, the food and drink, the pleasures and hazards of travel, ranging from sex and sensibility to debt and dysentery, as well as the effects of the French Revolution on the British tourist. In this fascinating book, Jeremy Black reveals the preoccupations, interests and attitudes of the British tourist abroad. Quoting extensively from eighteenth-century tourist correspondence, particularly hitherto uncited manuscript collections, the author conjures up a vivid and frequently amusing picture of the pleasures and predicaments experienced by British aristocrats on the Continent. The British Abroad is illustrated throughout with a superb collection of photographs and maps, many previously unpublished. This book will appeal to anyone interested in eighteenth-century travel and the social intricacies of travelling abroad in that era.

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Jeremy Black is a professor of history at the University of Exeter in the United Kingdom. He is, or has been, on numerous editorial boards, including the "Journal of Military History, the Journal of the Royal United Services Institute, Media History", and "History Today", and was editor of "Archives". He is the author or editor of more than fifty books, including "War and the World: Military Power and the Fate of Continents, 1450-2000" (Yale, 2000), "The British Seaborne Empire" (Yale, 2004), "Maps and History" (Yale, 2000), and "European Warfare in a Global Context, 1600-1815" (Routledge, 2007). He lives in Exeter.

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