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A Passport to Peace? : Modern Tourism and Internationalist Idealism

Bechmann Pedersen, Sune LU (2020) In European Review 28(3). p.389-402
Abstract
Catchy slogans about tourism’s peace-promoting qualities abound—‘passport to peace’, ‘a vital force for peace’, and ‘the peace industry’, to name but a few. Yet, despite the critical scrutiny of the peace–tourism nexus in recent decades, its historical origins remain unexplored. This article traces the historical roots of the idea that tourism can help advance peace and international understanding. It examines the aspirations of the various international tourist organisations founded during the interwar and early post-war period. While the organisations sought to foster peaceful relations across national and cultural borders, their discourse of tourism as a force for peace also gave legitimacy to a transnational tourist industry and... (More)
Catchy slogans about tourism’s peace-promoting qualities abound—‘passport to peace’, ‘a vital force for peace’, and ‘the peace industry’, to name but a few. Yet, despite the critical scrutiny of the peace–tourism nexus in recent decades, its historical origins remain unexplored. This article traces the historical roots of the idea that tourism can help advance peace and international understanding. It examines the aspirations of the various international tourist organisations founded during the interwar and early post-war period. While the organisations sought to foster peaceful relations across national and cultural borders, their discourse of tourism as a force for peace also gave legitimacy to a transnational tourist industry and government attempts to secure hard currency in the Cold War. (Less)
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travel, International Relations, Reconciliation, contact theory, International organisations
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European Review
volume
28
issue
3
pages
14 pages
publisher
Cambridge University Press
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  • scopus:85080019575
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1062-7987
DOI
10.1017/S1062798719000516
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Holidays behind the Iron Curtain: The Politics of Scandinavian Tourism to Communist Europe, 1945–1989
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English
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  author       = {Bechmann Pedersen, Sune},
  issn         = {1062-7987},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {3},
  pages        = {389--402},
  publisher    = {Cambridge University Press},
  series       = {European Review},
  title        = {A Passport to Peace? : Modern Tourism and Internationalist Idealism},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S1062798719000516},
  doi          = {10.1017/S1062798719000516},
  volume       = {28},
  year         = {2020},
}