Battlefield Tourism: History, Place and Interpretation

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Chris Ryan
Routledge, 2007 - Business & Economics - 294 pages
Through a series of case studies that involve past conflict in China, the United States, The South Pacific and Europe, the nature of battlefield sites as tourist locations are explored. As places of past conflict and individual acts of heroism, these sites are places of story telling. How are these stories told? And for what purposes are the stories told? The acts and modes of interpretation are many, ranging from a discourse conducted through silences to the more complex nuanced story telling told through re-enactments of past battles. The book also asks where is the battle-field? - as case studies relate to conflicts that ranged over several hundreds of miles, to, on the other hand, acts of local civil disturbance that subsequently achieved mythic values in a history of national identity. The book is divided into 'acts', these being 'Acts of Resource Management', 'Acts of Silence', 'Acts of Discovery and Rediscovery', 'Acts of Imagination' and 'Acts of Remembrance' and embrace examples as diverse as an re-enactment of past battles on a New Zealand rural town cricket pitch to the towering strength of the aircraft carrier USS Yorktown, and from the Straits of Taiwan to the centre of Canada.
 

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Contents

Chapter 1 Introduction
1
Acts of Resource Management
11
Battlefield Tourism
17
Chapter 3 Its Just a Bloody Field Approaches Opportunities and Dilemmas of Interpreting English Battlefields
29
Chapter 4 A Proposed Code of Conduct for War Heritage Sites
49
A Paradigm of Chinas Red Tourism
59
Acts of Silence
67
Political and Social Aspects of Battlefield Tourism in the Pacific and East Asia
73
The Live Battlefield and the Ultimate Adventure Holiday
153
Acts of Imagination
171
Making a Carnival of War and the Reality of Play
177
Managing a Dissonant Battlefield
187
Honour Redeemed
195
Acts of Remembrance
205
Interpretation and Personal Perspectives
211
Culloden Battle Site in Scotland
221

Amnesia and Memory
87
A Turning Point for Interpreting the Spanish Civil War?
99
Historical Pluralism and Cryptic Parti Pris
111
Acts of Discovery and Rediscovery
119
Chapter 10 World War II and Tourism Development in Solomon Islands
125
From CrossBorder Strife to Shopping Trips
143
Summer Cruise into a Catalyst for War
235
Chapter 19 Synthesis and Antithesis
249
References
255
Further Reading
269
Subject Index
273
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