Bert Gordon | War Tourism

In this spledind book on the growth of tourism, the reader travels with Gordon to key sites of memory in twentieth-century France. Drawing on French and German archivesw, Parisian police records, contemporary guid books, films, diaries, and interviews, Gordon displays a sazzling command of European history, tourism, and memory studies
Elizabeeth Campbell, author of Defending National Treasures: French Art and Heritage under Vichy

Underapreciated, if known at all, the Nazi regime fostered a great deal of tourism during its occupation of the larger bulk of France. German military personell and civilians alike flocked to see the Effel Towel, Notre Dame, and other sights. And the traffic wasn't all one way. Come hear Bert Gordon describe the gist of his researches into this activity during the era, with its resulting absurdities, pathos, and inauguration of travel patterns that persist to this day.

Bert Gordon is Emeritus Professor of History, Mills College

Event date: 
Thursday, November 21, 2019 - 5:00pm to 6:30pm
Event address: 
2430 Bancroft Way
Berkeley, CA 94704
War Tourism: Second World War France from Defeat and Occupation to the Creation of Heritage Cover Image
ISBN: 9781501715877
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Published: Cornell University Press - November 15th, 2018

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