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The Web of EmpireEnglish Cosmopolitans in an Age of Expansion, 1560-1660$
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Alison Games

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195335545

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195335545.001.0001

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Before the Grand Tour: The Domestication of Travel

Before the Grand Tour: The Domestication of Travel

The Web of Empire

Alison Games (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

This chapter focuses on English and Scottish recreational and educational travelers. It separates them from other people whom they would also have identified as travelers. One portion of their traveling lives is segregated from other stages of the life cycle in which these people would have characterized themselves as still traveling when they worked as merchants or consuls, ministers, or governors. It is argued that as educational travel became more common, it domesticated a world beyond England's shores. Travelers learned new languages, studied law, mastered different national styles of sociability, and took home with them not only their new knowledge of Europe but also their avid curiosity in the world beyond the shores of their island kingdoms.

Keywords:   travelers, English, Scottish, merhchants, ministers, governors, recrational travelers, educational travelers

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