Seeing the World: The Grand Tour and Other Travels

Henry French and Mark Rothery

in Man's Estate

Published in print March 2012 | ISBN: 9780199576692
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191738852 | DOI:
Seeing the World: The Grand Tour and Other Travels

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Chapter Three explores the role of the Grand Tour and travel more generally in the formation of elite male identities. It shows how social, political and technological developments changed the destinations of elite travellers between the late seventeenth and late nineteenth centuries, and also how these shifted the function of travel in the formation of elite gender identities through the period. The subjective experiences analysed in this chapter show how the ripples of fashion among young male travellers (about where to go, how to get there, what to see, and what to make of it) related to the under-tow of deeper, less mutable cultural imperatives about the place of travel in the development of social, political and cultural authority, and personal autonomy and self-government. Although travel remained important within elite male experiences, increasing Imperial self-confidence changed its educative function.

Keywords: travel; Grant Tour; ancient history; empire; race; Europe; Middle East; Asia

Chapter.  24533 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700)

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