Sport and the British: A Modern History

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Clarendon Press, 1990 - Religion - 396 pages
The first book of its kind, this lively history of British sport since 1800 goes beyond a few great names and moments to explain how sports have changed, what they have meant to ordinary people, and reveals what is especially distinctive about British sport in particular. The British were innovators in abandoning traditional, often brutal, sports, and in establishing a code of "fair play," which spread throughout the late Victorian Empire. They were also pioneers in popular sports and in the promotion of organized commercial spectator events, with the accompanying rise of professionalism.
 

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Contents

Old Ways of Playing
12
Amateurism and the Victorians
74
Workingclass Communities
135
Empire and Nation
203
Mother Country
223
Commercialism and Violence
280
Conclusion
344
Appendix
357
Bibliography
369
Index
387
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Richard Holt was Lecturer in History at the University of Stirling.

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