Globalizing Sport National Rivalry and International Community in the 1930s

ISBN-10: 0674725700

ISBN-13: 9780674725706

Edition: 2013

Authors: Barbara J. Keys
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Description: In this impressive book, Barbara Keys offers the first major study of the political and cultural ramifications of international sports competitions in the decades before World War II. She examines the transformation of events like the Olympic Games and the World Cup from relatively small-scale events to the expensive, celebrity-packed, politically resonant, globally popular entertainment extravaganzas familiar to us today. Focusing on the United States, Nazi Germany, and the Soviet Union, she details how countries of widely varying ideologies were drawn to participate in the emerging global culture. She tells of Hollywood and Coca-Cola jazzing up the 1932 Olympic Games in Los Angeles, of Hitler crowing over the 1936 Berlin games, and of the battle between democracy and dictatorship in the famed boxing matches between Joe Louis and Max Schmeling. Keys also presents one of the best accounts to date of the Soviet relationship to Western sports before the rise of the "big red sports machine."While international sport could be manipulated for nationalist purposes, it was also a vehicle for values--such as individualism and universalism--that subverted nationalist ideologies. The 1930s were thus a decade not just of conflict but of cultural integration, which laid a foundation for the postwar growth of international ties.

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Book details

List price: $30.50
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publication date: 9/9/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

Barbara J. Keys is Senior Lecturer in American and International History at the University of Melbourne.

Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Abbreviations
Introduction
Sport, the State, and International Politics
The Rise of International Sports Organizations
Democracy and International Sport: The United States
"Americanizing" the Olympic Games: Los Angeles, 1932
Dictatorship and International Sport: Nazi Germany
Between Nazism and Olympism: Berlin, 1936
The Soviet Union and the Triumph of Soccer
Conclusion
Abbreviations Used in Notes
Notes
Bibliography
Index
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