Tutor: Natasha Glaisyer
Module type: Period Topic
Module code: HIS00009C
Why did people make journeys in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries? What did they leave behind and what were they expecting to find when they arrived? What was it like to travel in this period? What did people take with them?
In this module we study a great variety of journeys across the globe made by all sorts of people. Some made such journeys because they had no choice, others out of curiosity, some sought pleasure and many hoped for profit and new opportunities. We will consider not only the big picture - the broad patterns of the movement of large numbers of people - but we will also focus on the experiences of individuals and their journeys.
What records of these journeys survive? Diaries, daguerreotypes, maps, paintings, souvenirs, letters, passenger lists, printed guide books, among other sources, allow us to explore the global journeys many people made in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.
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