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Sport and the British By Richard Holt

Sport and the British
by Richard Holt

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Holt examines sport in Britain since 1800 in terms of changes in society, politics and culture. He discusses 19th century innovations (the code of "fair play" and mass spectator sports), 20th century developments (professionalism, sport as business, mass media coverage) and many other topics.
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Sport and the British: A Modern History by Richard Holt

Richard Holt has written a history of British sport since 1800 in which he attempts to explain how sport has changed and what it has meant to ordinary people. He argues that the way we play reflects not just our lives as citizens of a predominantly urban and industrial world, but also what is unique about British sport. How and why were the British unique in their sports? Holt tries to show that 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. He suggests that they were also pioneers in popular sports and in the promotion of organized commercial spectator events, with the accompanying rise of professionalism. The author also discusses modern media coverage of sport, gambling, violence and attitudes towards it, nationalism and the role of sport in sustaining male identity.

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Table of Contents

Part 1 Old ways of playing: before the Victorians; cruelty and sloth - the abolitionists; field sports and the decline of paternalism; survival and adaptation. Part 2 Amateurism and the Victorians: public schools; the body in Victorian culture; the age of the "gentleman amateur"; female sport and suburbia. Part 3 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? Part 4 Empire and nation: colonial elites; the imperial idea and "native" sport; dominion culture and the "mother country"; Celtic nationalism - Ireland, Wales and Scotland; Englishness and Britishness. Part 5 Commercialism and violence: shareholders and professionals; press, television and profit; hooligans.

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Sport and the British: A Modern History by Richard Holt
Richard Holt
Oxford Studies in Social History
Used - Good
Oxford University Press
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