Games obsessed the Victorian and Edwardian public schools. The obsession has become widely known as athleticism. When it appeared in 1981, this book was the first major study of the games ethos which dominated the lives of many Victorian and Edwardian public schoolboys. Written with Professor Mangan's customary panache, it has become a classic, the seminal work on the social and cultural history of modern sport.
'One of the four most important books published in the last twenty years on sports history.' - Allen Guttmann, Amherst College
'Original, exhaustively-researched and stimulating.' - Francis Wheen, The New Statesman
History of Education Review
"one of the vital works for those engaged in both the history of education and the cultural history of sport