Title: ‘Climbing up in the world’: educational travel and social mobility, 1650-1750
Synopsis: Beyond the well-known Grand Tour, sons and daughters of the British and Irish gentry travelled at home and abroad during their upbringing. Educational mobility represented a financial investment made in the hope of social return, as the Italian ideal encouraged adaptations and alternatives among families of lesser means. This broader view allows us to relate travel, often an isolated topic, to questions of social mobility and elite formation.
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