Essay 3 Draft 2 HIST 009

Essay 3 Draft 2 HIST 009 - Zane Giffen HIST 009-305 Prof....

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Zane Giffen HIST 009-305 Prof. Ghazvinian Essay #3: Straw Man (Draft 2) Knowledge or Pleasure: Analyzing the Reasons for the Grand Tour By the 18 th century, the so-called “Grand Tour” had firmly established its place amongst the gentry in England. For most young men, this trip was the first excursion off of the isolated island of Great Britain and into the culturally-vast world of Western Europe. The tour was almost considered a prerequisite to becoming a successful, well-rounded gentleman. Overall, however, this journey was a chance for these men to obtain their first true taste of freedom and to experience the many delights Europe had to offer. After spending months or years at university studying academic subjects with few real-life applications (e.g. Latin, Theology), young, well-off men were ready to cut lose and experience the world, both for relaxation and as a supplement to formal education. While the benefits of the tours to both the tourist and the crown were certainly means for justifying foreign travel, at its peak, the Grand Tour was far more an expression of freedom
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This note was uploaded on 04/10/2008 for the course HIST 009 taught by Professor Ghazvinian during the Spring '08 term at UPenn.

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