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Sport, economy, and society in Britain, 1750-1914 - N. L. Tranter

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Title
Sport, economy, and society in Britain, 1750-1914
Author
N. L. Tranter
format
Hardback
Publisher
Cambridge University Press
Language
English
UK Publication Date
19980122

This book provides a concise, up-to-date survey of one of the most dramatic changes in the cultural life of Victorian and Edwardian Britain, the radical transformation which occurred in the extent and nature of its participation in sport. Neil Tranter focuses on the issues which have attracted most interest from historians of sport and poses a number of important questions: did levels of involvement in sport increase or decrease during the initial stages of urban-industrialisation? When did the new sporting culture first emerge, and what were its principal features and the mechanisms through which it spread? What were the main aims of the participants and supporters, and to what extent were these aims achieved? The author also discusses the economic consequences of this cultural change and the examines the role of women in this sporting 'revolution' and asks why their participation was so much more restricted than that of men.

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' … extremely welcome … and excellent introduction to the issues which historians of sport confront, and sets out the findings of the most recent research in an exemplary way … an admirable book, and it is difficult to see how it could have been done better'. History

'Tranter has produced an important book. It should enable a wide range of teachers to introduce sports history to a cross disciplinary audience; an area of study that has often been trivialised, yet one that has been central to the fabric of British life since pre-industrialisation.' Journal of European Area Studies

Type
BOOK
Keyword Index
Sports - Social aspects - Great Britain - History - 18th century.|Sports - Economic aspects - Great Britain - History - 18th century.|Sports - Social aspects - Great Britain - History - 19th century.|Sports - Economic aspects - Great Britain - History - 19th century.|Sports - Social aspects - Great Britain - History - 20th century.|Sports - Economic aspects - Great Britain - History - 20th century.
Country of Publication
England
Number of Pages
112

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