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Sport and the British A Modern History

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ISBN-10: 0192852299

ISBN-13: 9780192852298

Edition: 1989 (Reprint)

Authors: Richard Holt

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This lively and deeply researched history - the first of its kind - goes beyond the great names and moments to explain how British sport has changed since 1800, and what it has meant to ordinary people. It shows how the way we play reflects not just our lives as citizens of a predominantly urban and industrial world, but what is especially distinctive about British sport. Innovators in abandoning traditional, often brutal sports, and in establishing a code of `fair play', the British were also pioneers in popular sports and in the promotion of organized spectator events. Modern media coverage of sport, gambling, violence and attitudes towards it, nationalism, and the role of sport in…    
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Book details

Copyright year: 1989
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 10/18/1990
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 410
Size: 5.75" wide x 9.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.342
Language: English

List of Plates
Old Ways of Playing
Before the Victorians
Cruelty and Sloth: The Abolitionists
Field Sports and the Decline of Paternalism
Survival and Adaptation
Amateurism and the Victorians
Public Schools
The Body in Victorian Culture
The Age of the `Gentleman Amateur'
Female Sport and Suburbia
Living in the City: Working-Class Communities
Rational Recreation
The Life of the Street
Spectating and Civic Pride
Gambling, Animals, and Pub Sports
Flight from the City
Empire and Nations
Colonial Elites
The Imperial Idea and `Native' Sport
Dominian Culture and the `Mother Country'
Celtic Nationalism: Ireland, Wales, and Scotland
Enlishness and Britishness
Commercialism and Violence
Shareholders and Professionals
Press, Television, and Profit