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The Smell of the Continent by Richard Mullen
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The Smell of the Continent

by Richard Mullen

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Historians James Munson and Richard Mullen examine just what it was about the smell of the continent that so attracted British travellers in the hundred years from the fall of Napoleon to the outbreak of the First World War. It was the first time in history that the British, en masse, set out to discover Europe. .… (more)
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    Leading the Blind: A Century of Guide Book Travel 1815-1914 by Alan Sillitoe (nessreader)
    nessreader: Sillitoe is writing about baedeckers and similar guidebooks to victorian tourism. Smell/continent is a more general book about british victorians being appalled by those dreadful europeans. Both funny, both fascinating.
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Witty,amusing and interesting selection of travellers views of travelling on the Continetn. It would be very hard not to find things of interest on every page.

Given it incidentally covers history, geography, the social landscape and the living conditions of Europe, plus the ingrained views of the British traveller in 19th century, it is a great read.

The authors have chosen a great range of sources so that what might be leadenly educational is actually a pleasure to read. ( )
1 vote dieseltaylor | Jul 31, 2011 |
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