Historic heritage has proved to be one of international tourism's most important primary resources. Such heritage contains an inevitable ideological component. The artefacts and place associations of war are one set of such resources which exercise a growing fascination and attraction for tourist visits. This defence heritage tourism may in practice be a vehicle for a variety of ideological ideas, including, despite the seeming contradiction, international peace and understanding. The distinctive characteristics of the resource, the variety of visitor motives, and the dominant ideologies in presentation will be examined, using North-West European examples. This in turn may lead to the design of policies to use tourism as an instrument for the harnessing of the long history of human conflict as a force for international understanding.
Ashworth, G. J.
"Swords into Ploughshares: Defence Heritage Tourism as the Peaceful Uses of the Artefacts of War,"
Visions in Leisure and Business: Vol. 9
, Article 7.
Available at: https://scholarworks.bgsu.edu/visions/vol9/iss1/7