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Backpack Ambassadors: How Youth Travel Integrated Europe

Richard Ivan Jobs


This book emphasizes European integration as a fundamentally social and cultural process in addition to a political and economic one by studying the practice of travel and tourism by the young and the emergence of youth as a transnational social body in the postwar period. It explores the cultural practice of youth travel as a case study that argues for a less EU-centric approach to the writing of European integration history. European integration is usually treated as a top-down affair, but Backpack Ambassadors explores it from the bottom up through the cross-border travels of millions of bac ... More

Keywords: youth, Europe, Cold War, travel, tourism, mobility, integration, transnational, postwar, internationalism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780226438979
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2018 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226439020.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Richard Ivan Jobs, author
Pacific University