The expedition's afterlives: echoes of empire in travel to Asia

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    Abstract

    The Hippie Trail was an extremely complex social and cultural formation, which is yet to attract the range of critical scholarship it deserves. Although its origins in the 1960s counter culture have been established, there has been scant recognition of the ways in which the colonial histories and neo-imperial contexts of the Middle East and South Asia also shaped the routes and cultures of the Hippie Trail. The modes of imperial exploration and colonial travel along with Britons cultures, assumptions, and mores were propagated through other cultural products, and their influence extended beyond Britain. The colonial experience at Raffles Hotel in Singapore, the Imperial Hotel in New Delhi is barely concealed. A crude form of imperial nostalgia makes the link between contemporary mass tourism and colonialism distinct. Oxford and Cambridge Far Eastern Expedition (OCFEE) was pioneering a path through nations and regions affected by colonialism, decolonisation, and the desire for neo-colonial dominance on the part of the postwar superpowers.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationExpedition into Empire
    Subtitle of host publicationExploratory Journeys and the Making of the Modern World
    EditorsMartin Thomas
    Place of PublicationNew York NY USA
    PublisherRoutledge
    Chapter11
    Pages214-232
    Number of pages19
    Edition1st
    ISBN (Print)9781138790681
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2015

    Publication series

    NameRoutledge Studies in Cultural History
    PublisherRoutledge
    Volume31

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