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TOURISM FWWAR 2016 : Tourism and First World War: Experience, forecasting and memory (1914-2014)


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Submission Deadline Mar 15, 2016
Notification Due Apr 15, 2016
Final Version Due Sep 1, 2016
Categories    history   society   tourism

Call For Papers

We are seeking proposals for an interdisciplinary anthology, tentatively titled “Tourism and First World War”. Many things are known about the history of tourism in the 20th century but a period is nearly systematically ignored: the First World War. However, people practiced tourism during the conflict. Some professionals even found new opportunities to grow their business. Few scientist works study these originalities and they are scattered, partial or relatively ignored. With this book, we plan to achieve a synthesis about tourism during the Great War, or in connection with the Great War, in Europe or in connection with occidental Europe. Three streams are suggested:
- Tourist experiences. How was tourism organised behind the military front (for ex.: The 1914 Marne Battlefields Michelin Illustrated Guide is published in 1917) but also near the military front (for ex.: the American Walter Austin in 1914 near Ypres, Belgium)? Did some countries (particularly neutral countries) succeed in attracting tourists? Soldiers are sometimes also tourists (postcards to families, pictures). During the conscription of voluntaries, the argument of travel is used (New Zealand, Australia…).
- Adaptation of the tourist structures during the conflict. How did professionals in tourism develop their business with refugees, wounded persons and foreign soldiers? For these people, tourist visits were organised. How did it work? Tourist activities did not stop and, therefore, professionals tried to anticipate the end of the war. It is also interesting to understand the actions of these structures.
- Memorial tourism. Just a few months after the end of the war, the Great War became a tourist attraction. Some companies (for ex.: Thomas Cook) organised some travels to visit battlefields and cemeteries. How were these trips sold? Were there any moral debates? Did refugees try to go back to the places they discovered during the First World War? And nowadays, is the Great War benefiting people touristically and economically speaking?
We encourage all who submit papers to expand or add on to this list.

For more information about the project, please visit (in French):
Any questions regarding the project should be directed to:
Please submit your papers abstract (.doc) in English, in French or in Spanish, by email to before March 15, 2016. Participants will be contacted by April 15, 2016. Potential articles should be no more than 4.500 words.

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