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Wandering in the wake of empire
British travel and tourism in the post-imperial world
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British travellers had confidently made their way from Angora to Afghanistan, from the Cape to Cairo, from Nepal to New Zealand; their journeys were written up in the books that Evelyn Waugh reviewed. The imperial legacy was an ambiguous one for many post-imperial British travellers. Travel and tourism throughout the colonies allowed Britons a glimpse of modernisation under British or European administration, and to make comparisons between British colonial rule and that of other imperial nations. The experience of travel and tourism in post-colonial nations was refracted through the prism of British imperialism. There were greater opportunities and enthusiasm for travel after the Second World War than there had ever been in British history. The landscape of the decolonised world is haunted by the ghosts of British adventurers past. The melancholy nostalgia for a bygone era is more characteristic of twentieth-century British travel texts than their nineteenth-century counterparts.

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