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Cricket and Empire
The 1932-33 Bodyline Tour of Australia

ISBN 9781138990463
Published January 20, 2016 by Routledge
162 Pages

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Book Description

A great depression, worsening Anglo-Australian relations, the declining British Empire and the challenge from an Australia striving to find a national identity are the context which explain bodyline and its repercussions. Bodyline was a watershed in the history of cricket and politics were publicly seen as part of sport. This book offers a radical reappraisal of bodyline which challenges the official interpretations of the events, and places them in a unique social and political context.


Table of Contents

Introduction. 1. The Bodyline Story 2. The Empire of Cricket 3. A Rift in Anglo-Australian Relations 4. The English Response 5. Political Consequences in Australia 6. The Aftermath. Conclusion.

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"This is a fascinating book... The reader will better understand the effects of the British Empire and, for anyone interested in the Bodyline Tour, the angle taken by this book makes it an invaluable addition to the many books written on the subject."— Andrew Roberts, Cricket Statistics