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Backpack Ambassadors: How Youth Travel Integrated Europe Paperback – 22 May 2017


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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press (22 May 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 022646203X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0226462035
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.3 x 22.9 cm
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Backpack Ambassadorsis a bottom-up history of the construction of Europe as both a political and cultural unit. It offers an account of the history Europe and the European Union that is not dominated by bureaucrats or diplomats, but by the youth who created Europe as they moved through its hostels and railways stations. Jobs has written a model of new transnational history, drawing on extensive research in multiple languages, countries, and archives to make a very convincing case for how the movement of youth across national frontiers shaped several of the major political developments of the postwar era from postwar reconstruction to Cold War politics, the reconciliation of Germany and France to the social protests of the 1960s, and of course, European unification. --Tara Zahra "author of The Great Departure: Mass Migration from Eastern Europe and the Making of the Free World ""

"Backpack Ambassadors is a 'bottom-up' history of the construction of 'Europe' as both a political and cultural unit. It offers an account of the history Europe and the European Union that is not dominated by bureaucrats or diplomats, but by the youth who created 'Europe' as they moved through its hostels and railways stations. Jobs has written a model of new transnational history, drawing on extensive research in multiple languages, countries, and archives to make a very convincing case for how the movement of youth across national frontiers shaped several of the major political developments of the postwar era--from postwar reconstruction to Cold War politics, the reconciliation of Germany and France to the social protests of the 1960s, and of course, European unification."--Tara Zahra "author of The Great Departure: Mass Migration from Eastern Europe and the Making of the Free World "

"In the era of Trumped-up travel bans and a dis-Maying upsurge in xenophobia, Jobs's erudite and lively Backpack Ambassadors offers a bittersweet reminder of hopes for an integrated Europe that may now feel as remote to readers as youth itself. . . . Assiduous archival research, together with compelling narratives of young people's personal travel experience, including Jobs' own, make Backpack Ambassadors a potent antidote to demoralizing accounts of Geert Wilders and Marine Le Pen."--Book of the Week "Times Higher Education "

About the Author

Richard Ivan Jobs is professor of history at Pacific University in Oregon. He is the author of Riding the New Wave: Youth and the Rejuvenation of France after the Second World War and coeditor of Transnational Histories of Youth in the Twentieth Century.


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