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American Ambassadors: Travellers in the Cold War

American Ambassadors: Travellers in the Cold War

Chapter:
(p.217) American Ambassadors: Travellers in the Cold War
Source:
American Travel and Empire
Author(s):
David Seed
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9781846311802.003.0011

This chapter discusses how American travellers during the Cold War became increasingly conscious of geopolitical tensions exacerbated by the fact that they were often under surveillance by the FBI or other agencies. Travel in this period was kept under government control through the difficulty or ease of obtaining a passport, but its nature was further politicized by the perception that countries belonged in either the Eastern or the Western bloc. Cold War travel narratives tend to demonstrate an extreme self-consciousness so severe that, whatever country the traveller enters, reactions to that country are bound in with an extended interrogation of what it means to be an American.

Keywords:   American travellers, travel writing, Cold War, travel narratives

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