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Hotel: An American History

Hotel: An American History

Hotel: An American History


Sandoval-Strausz, A. K.

Pap. New Haven, 2008

Book ID: 78634

Situates the rise of hotels within the history of the triumph of capitalism and of an increasingly mobile society. Hotels, he says, facilitated mobility and the integration of frontier lands into larger networks of capital and commerce. Hotels were also part of the gradual process that dissociated people from particular places. If hotels solved some social problems, Sandoval-Strausz shows, they created others: guardians of domesticity, for example, worried about urban dwellers who chose to live full-time in hotels.

375 pp., 93 color, 58 B&W illus.