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Battleless Battlefields: A Discussion of Cold War Tourism in Britain

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Abstract:

Despite being one of the world’s greatest tragedies there seems to be a human urge to visit battlefields. Although visiting sites of conflict is as old as there have been conflicts, in recent years the constant search by the leisure and tourism industry for new items or places for consumption, stirred by an emerging interest in visiting battlefield, has created the tourism phenomenon of battlefield tourism. This chapter focuses on a rarely considered contemporary form of battlefield tourism, namely the ‘battleless’ battlefields. The Cold War can be regarded as one of the most recent examples of this form of ‘battleless’ battlefield. This chapter looks at the remains of the Cold War in Britain, and how public and ‘official’ attitudes interests have gradually shifted towards their use as tourism sites and attractions. It explores existing management approaches and policies at the Kelvedon Hatch Secret Nuclear Bunker. The chapter concludes with a discussion and directions for future research on ‘battleless’ battlefields and Cold War tourism in Britain.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5848/CSP.3259.00015

Publication date: January 1, 2011

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