Imperial War Graves Commission (now CWGC) direction signs, at the Lille Gate in Ypres. Tours were organised to Great War battlefields soon after the peace (Photo: Centenary News)

'Tourism and the First World War 1914-2014' - Call for papers

Posted on on 08 January 2016
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Researchers in France are seeking contributions for a book about the history of tourism during and after the First World War in Europe.

Tourism continued despite the conflict and some businesses even found new opportunities for growth, say project directors Yves-Marie Evanno and Dr Johan Vincent.

The deadline for the submission of article proposals is March 15th 2016.

Three areas of study are suggested:

*Tourist experiences near the front line and in neutral countries during 1914-18.

*How the tourism industry adapted to the demands of war, for example hotels accommodating the military and refugees.

*The growth of Great War tourism when peace returned, including visits to battlefields and cemeteries, and its impact today.

Contributors are invited to add and expand with their own ideas.

Full information about the project can be found (in French) here.  Any questions should be emailed to:

The project directors are Dr Johan Vincent, Associate Researcher at Centre de Recherches Historiques de l'Ouest (CERHIO-Rennes); and Yves-Marie Evanno, from Archives Départementales du Morbihan and member of the reading committee of En Envor, the journal of contemporary history in Britanny.

Finally, a reminder that proposals (in English, French or Spanish) must be submitted by March 15th 2016.

Source: Dr Johan Vincent, Yves-Marie Evanno

Images: Centenary News

Posted by: Peter Alhadeff, Centenary News