Collection : Histories and Cultures of Tourism

A sizzling hot summer of recent memory saw countless communities pushing back against the tourists who fuel their economies. Spanish leftists sprawled "tourists go home" on buildings.  The Swiss lamented that tourists were turning their home into "an open-air toilet." Italians agonized that the greatest threat to Venice was not rising oceanic levels, but the tide of tourists swarming the famous canals and architectural landmarks. An editorial in The Guardian opined that "only governments can stem the tide of tourism sweeping the globe" – as though tourism were a global pandemic, as opposed to something carefully constructed by governments and others. There is nothing new about the tension between hosts and guests; such discord arose with the very birth of modern tourism. Yet these latest exchanges seem more strident. What are the implications of tourism for politics, for the environment, for the evolution of identities? 

Cornell University Press's book series is uniquely positioned to examine tourist practices through a historical lens. In recent years, what was a small field of study, focused mainly on spas and seaside tourism, expanded dramatically. Scholars now recognize that tourism is a means to explore a range of intersectional issues like race, class, and gender.  Studying leisure travel offers a way to comprehend the interplay of particular national histories and the processes and implications of globalization. Books in the series thus give tourism its due as an engine of historical change: from antiquity, through the Grand Tour, to the birth of leisure travel, and the boom of mass tourism.


Eric G. E. Zuelow is Associate Professor of History and Department Chair at University of New England.  He is the editor-in-chief of The Journal of Tourism History, the editor (1800 to the present) of Palgrave Macmillan's Britain and the World series, and coeditor of the forthcoming book, Oxford Handbook of Tourism History. His many publications include the edited volume, Tourism Beyond the Nation, as well as A History of Modern Tourism and Making Ireland Irish.  He is one of the leading "history influencers" on Twitter and his website is 


To submit a proposal for the series, please email Eric Zuelow and Emily Andrew, Senior Editor at Cornell University Press: and


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