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Grand Tour
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1. Definition

The Grand Tour was a journey made for purposes of edification and  education, in accordance with specifically aristocratic norms, by young members of the nobility after finishing their education at home. It took them through several countries of Europe and its primary aim was to integrate them into European court and noble culture. This particular form of aristocratic travel developed in many countries of Europe, but with different accents in each. The Grand Tour is stud…

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Tilgner, Hilmar, “Grand Tour”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 01 December 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_022073>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20180915

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