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A gentlemanly tour on the fringes of Europe: William Hartigan Barrington in Scandinavia and Russia, 1837

A gentlemanly tour on the fringes of Europe: William Hartigan Barrington in Scandinavia and Russia, 1837

Byrne, Angela (2013) A gentlemanly tour on the fringes of Europe: William Hartigan Barrington in Scandinavia and Russia, 1837. Irish Economic and Social History, 40 (1). pp. 31-47. ISSN 0332-4893 (Print), 2050-4918 (Online) (doi:10.7227/IESH.40.1.2)

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Abstract

In 1837, 22-year-old William Hartigan Barrington (1815–72) made a five-month tour of northern Europe. His detailed diaries describe his encounters with the people and cultures of Scandinavia and Russia, and his interest in a range of topics considered suitable for an educated young gentleman, including systems of government, the arts, manufacturing and commerce, infrastructure, and the poor and poor relief. His tours were expected to provide certain educational and socio-cultural benefits, while his interests in industry, infrastructure and poverty reflect the general concerns of many of his peers. This article considers Barrington's observations and experiences as part of a process of gentlemanly self-fashioning, foreign travel and philanthropy as elite exercises, and Irish perceptions of Scandinavia and Russia, in the 1830s.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: William Hartigan Barrington
Subjects: D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D204 Modern History
D History General and Old World > DK Russia. Soviet Union. Former Soviet Republics
D History General and Old World > DL Northern Europe. Scandinavia
Pre-2014 Departments: School of Humanities & Social Sciences
School of Humanities & Social Sciences > Department of Social, Political & Cultural Studies
Last Modified: 14 Oct 2016 09:25
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/10414

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