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Archaeology, politics and tourism: an historic relationship

news editor25 November 2011

Propaganda, spying, exploration, secret societies and, of course, money were all key ingredients of a workshop on British Mandate Palestine and Transjordan held on 9 November, writes Paul Butenshaw.

The workshop,’ Tourism as Colonial Policy? The History of Heritage Tourism in British Mandate Palestine and Transjordan’, brought together an impressive array of scholars and experts to explore the interrelationship of scholarship, state and travel in this pivotal period of the region’s history.

Professor Michael Berkowitz (UCL Department of Hebrew and Jewish Studies), began proceedings with an examination of Zionist tourism to Palestine in the inter-war period, describing how tours sought to control travel and showcase a particular view of the area and its history that suited their own perspectives. (more…)