1st Edition

New Dimensions of Sport in Modern Europe Perspectives from the ‘Long Twentieth Century’

Edited By Heather L. Dichter, Robert J. Lake, Mark Dyreson Copyright 2021
    214 Pages
    by Routledge

    214 Pages
    by Routledge

    New Dimensions of Sport in Modern Europe offers new perspectives on European sport history in the ‘long twentieth century’ designed to challenge and deconstruct what might be considered ‘traditional’ or more familiar Euro-centric conceptions and geographies of sport and leisure—especially those deriving from the leading hotbeds of European sport history.

    This anthology adds to the growing corpus of explorations of sport and leisure in late-modern European history from a variety of countries: France, Spain, Finland, Hungary, Bulgaria, and Slovenia. With topics covering several different sports and ranging from sport during empire to mega-events, and sport literature to women’s sport attire, the insights provided by this new body of research demonstrate a greater understanding of the connections between sport and society in Europe throughout the long twentieth century.

    This book was originally published as a special issue of The International Journal of the History of Sport.

    1. New Dimensions of Sport in Modern Europe: Perspectives from the ‘Long Twentieth Century’

    Heather L. Dichter, Robert J. Lake and Mark Dyreson

    2. Football and Politics in Twentieth-Century Hungary

    Róbert Győri Szabó

    3. Polo: Social Distinction and Sports in Spain, 1900–1950

    José Miguel Hernández Barral

    4. Keen on Massage: The Finnish Way to Olympic Success in the Twentieth Century

    Kalle Rantala

    5. ‘Heroes! Bring Happiness to Your Motherland! Long Live the Yunaks’: The Bulgarian Yunak Gymnastics Movement in the late Ottoman Period

    Sabri Özçakır

    6. Reexamining Violence and Trauma in the French Boxing Literature of the Interwar Period: Henri Decoin Quinze Rounds (1930) and Alfred Menguy Gueules Aplaties (1933)

    Maxence Pascal Philippe Leconte

    7. From ‘Wild’ Skaters to Hockey Players: The Beginnings of Ice Hockey in Slovenia

    Tomaž Pavlin

    8. The Influence of the 1992 Earth Summit on the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona: Awakening of the Olympic Environmental Dimension

    Alberto Aragón-Pérez

    9. Propaganda on Two Wheels: The Spanish Republican Team in the 1937 Tour de France

    Bernat López

    10. ‘Save the Long Skirt’: Women, Sports, and Fashion in Third Republic and Vichy France

    Keith Rathbone


    Heather L. Dichter is associate professor of sport history and sport management at De Montfort University and a member of the International Centre for Sports History and Culture.

    Robert J. Lake is in the Department of Sport Science at Douglas College, Canada.

    Mark Dyreson is professor of kinesiology, an affiliate professor of history, and the director of research and educational programs at The Pennsylvania State University Center for the Study of Sports in Society.