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Debbie Lisle

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780816698554

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816698554.001.0001

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The Double Vision of Empire

The Double Vision of Empire

The Gordon Relief Campaign, 1884–85

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Holidays in the Danger Zone

Debbie Lisle

University of Minnesota Press

Thomas Cook & Sons’ domination of the tourism industry in 19th Century Egypt enabled them to facilitate the British military’s efforts to rescue General Gordon in Khartoum in 1884-85. This event reveals much about the tourist sensibility that shaped occupying soldiers as they engaged with local populations at the far reaches of Empire, and demonstrates the clear alignment between militarism and tourism within the Imperial mind-set.

Keywords:   Thomas Cook & Sons, nineteenth century, Egypt, British colonialism, imperialism, militarism

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