356 pages, Illustrations, tables
In 1872 Yellowstone National Park was established as a National Park. The name caught the public's imagination and by the close of the century, other National Parks had been declared, not only in the USA, but also in Canada, New Zealand and Australia. Tourism has also been a fundamental component of the national parks concept from the beginning and arguably predates ecological justifications for national park establishment though has been closely related to landscape conservation rationales at the outset.
This edited volume aims to explore in detail the origins and multiple meanings of National Parks and their relationship to tourism in a variety of national contexts. It will consist of a series of introductory overview chapters followed by case study chapters from around the world including insights from the US, Canada, Australia, UK, Spain, France, Sweden, Indonesia, China and Southern Africa. This volume is expected to contribute not only to tourism and national park studies at the upper level undergraduate and graduate levels but also to courses in international and comparative environmental history, conservation biogeography, and outdoor recreation management.
...a rich critique of the dynamism of national parks in an evolving social, economic, and cultural world. Recommended. - Choice, March 2010
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