University of Hertfordshire

  • Pieter Francois
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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)26-41
JournalAnthropological Journal of European Cultures
Journal publication date1 Mar 2013
Volume22
Issue1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2013

Abstract

This article analyses how nineteenth-century British visitors of Waterloo anticipated, experienced and explained their visit of 'the field'. The article shows how British visitors attempted to claim ownership over Waterloo and to legitimise their own commemorative practices by simultaneously searching for authenticity and longing for the familiarity (and commercialisation) of the 'beaten track'. By doing so this article calls for a shift in our understanding of nineteenth-century British Waterloo tourism. The view that emphasises the succession of an early generation of authentic travellers by a later generation of 'mere' tourists is replaced by a view which sees the desire for authenticity and the need for the familiar as two forces which were continuously negotiated in creative ways by travellers throughout the whole nineteenth century.

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