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Unspeakable Awfulness : America Through the Eyes of European Travelers, 1865-1900, Paperback / softback Book

Unspeakable Awfulness : America Through the Eyes of European Travelers, 1865-1900 Paperback / softback


The late nineteenth century was a golden age for European travel in the United States.

For prosperous Europeans, a journey to America was a fresh alternative to the more familiar 'Grand Tour' of their own continent, promising encounters with a vast, wild landscape, and with people whose culture was similar enough to their own to be intelligible, yet different enough to be interesting.

Their observations of America and its inhabitants provide a striking lens on this era of American history, and a fascinating glimpse into how the people of the past perceived one another. In Unspeakable Awfulness, Kenneth D. Rose gathers together a broad selection of the observations made by European travellers to the United States.

European visitors remarked upon what they saw as a distinctly American approach to everything from class, politics, and race to language, food, and advertising.

Their assessments of the 'American character' continue to echo today, and create a full portrait of late-nineteenth century America as seen through the eyes of its visitors. Including vivid travellers' tales and plentiful illustrations, Unspeakable Awfulness is a rich resource that will be useful to students and appeal to anyone interested in travel history and narratives.


  • Format: Paperback / softback
  • Pages: 288 pages, 25 Illustrations, black and white
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: European history
  • ISBN: 9780415817653



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