Kevin James

Associate Professor History College of Arts Department of History Guelph, Ontario kjames@uoguelph.ca Office: (519) 824-4120 ext. 53226

Bio/Research

Dr. James' current research programme, funded by a SSHRC standard research grant, analyses the historical evolution of tourism in pre-partition Ireland. Examining a broad range of archival sources and contemporary newspapers records between 1885 and 1914, it explores the formulation and reception...

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Bio/Research

Dr. James' current research programme, funded by a SSHRC standard research grant, analyses the historical evolution of tourism in pre-partition Ireland. Examining a broad range of archival sources and contemporary newspapers records between 1885 and 1914, it explores the formulation and reception of specific ‘tourist-development’ initiatives in rural Ireland, and the debates over nationhood, rurality and economic development that informed them. As projects in Ireland were conceived and implemented, local people systematically analysed and compared them with similar tourist economies in Scotland and Europe to produce a variety of evaluations of the tourist sector’s prospects in Ireland. Such negotiations over the meaning of tourism-driven rural ‘improvement’ in turn allowed people to weigh in on broader debates over Ireland’s political status.



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