'The sea connects; It does not divide': Czech tourism on the interwar Adriatic

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Abstract

Through examining Czechoslovak and Yugoslav engagements with the Adriatic Sea from the 1910s to the early 1930s, this article reveals how tourism in the Adriatic region became a productive impetus for new sensory experiences, as well as artistic, political, and commercial experiments. Using Czech travel accounts and guidebooks; Yugoslav tourist advertisements and newspapers; contemporary tourist journals; tourism iconography; and Yugoslav, Czechoslovak, and French archival sources, I explain how tourism intersected with new leisure values, questions of mobility, and ideological and political agendas. Finally, I ask whether or not these aspects informed tourist practices and understandings of the Adriatic region. Although a contemporary tourist promoter's assertion that the sea connects; it does not divide generally encapsulates the horizon of experiences (sensory and otherwise) that Adriatic tourism offered, I argue that tourism was also frequently leveraged for other motives, and thus embodied dynamic paradoxes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)139-157
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of Tourism History
Volume6
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2 2014

Keywords

  • Adriatic Sea
  • Advertising
  • Czech tourists
  • Interwar
  • Transport
  • Yugoslavia

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