Introduction to the discipline of history for new or prospective majors. Emphasizes the basic skills of reading, analysis, and communication (both verbal and written) that are central to the historian's craft. Each seminar discusses a different subject or problem.
BEYOND THE GRAND TOUR: TRAVELERS IN ITALY
Goethe once described his desire to see Italy as akin to a disease that could only be cured through a sojourn in this southern region. Why did Italy cast such as spell on so many? This seminar explores the history of tourism in Italy during the time frame historically known as the Grand Tour to the 20th century. The primary objective of the course will be for the student to gain a better understanding of the overall themes of the history of tourism as illustrated through this micro-history of travel in Italy.
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The course will examine how travels to Italy evolved from primarily educated journeys of the elite to mass tourism of the middle and working classes. We will examine such questions as: What made Italy such an attractive draw for outside visitors? What forces affected the shift from elite travel to mass tourism? Which tourist sites took precedence over others and why? Broader issues will be explored such as how tourism in general impacts host/guest relationships and whether a traveler/tourist dichotomy exists.
Our seminar is designed to introduce perspective and existing history majors to the study and practices of history. The aim of this course is to not only gain a deeper understanding of this topic, but also challenge participants to think historically, to analyze a variety of texts from differing perspectives and develop closer reading and communication skills. Our sources will include secondary source essays, theoretical discussions of tourism history and primary sources including travel writings and travel literature.
There are no prerequisites for this course, although a general knowledge of the themes of Modern European History will be helpful.
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