The British Seaside: Holidays and Resorts in the Twentieth Century. (Reviews)
Huggins, Mike, Journal of Social History
The British Seaside: Holidays and Resorts in the Twentieth Century. By John K. Walton (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2000. vii plus 216 pp. $69.95/cloth $29.95/paper).
Resorts in the twentieth century were big business, and resort life, both for residents and visitors, was and is a highly significant part of lived experience for much of the British population, making an important contribution to ]British culture. Even in the 1990s, "at least half of all British holidays were still taken in seaside resorts" (p.3).Yet their sustained analysis on a broader canvas by social and cultural historians has been sadly lacking, leaving the field to the more discursive discussions of leisure sociologists, economists, or those inhabiting the more present-minded disciplines of Tourism or Cultural Studies. It is therefore doubly welcome that John Walton, whose definitive study of The English Seaside Resort: A Social History 1750-1914 …
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Publication information: Article title: The British Seaside: Holidays and Resorts in the Twentieth Century. (Reviews). Contributors: Huggins, Mike - Author. Journal title: Journal of Social History. Volume: 36. Issue: 1 Publication date: Fall 2002. Page number: 234+. © 2009 Journal of Social History. COPYRIGHT 2002 Gale Group.
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