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Routledge Research in Sports History

About the Series

The Routledge Research in Sports History series features leading research in the development and historical significance of sport and physical culture. Including historiographical, regional, and thematic studies, and spanning a variety of periods, sports, and geographical areas, the series showcases ground-breaking, cross-disciplinary work from established and emerging sport historians. Aiming to be global in reach, inclusive of all voices, and reflecting a contemporary social, political, and cultural consciousness, the series represents an important contribution to the broader study of sport and society.

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Sport and Polish Society in the Communist Era Small Towns and History from Below

Sport and Polish Society in the Communist Era: Small Towns and History from Below

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By Marta Kurkowska-Budzan, Marcin Stasiak
December 21, 2023

Using the history of sport in the small towns and local communities of Poland, this book shines new light on the everyday reality of life under a communist regime in Eastern Europe in the 20th century. This book shows how socio-cultural history – ‘history from below’ – that draws on rich sources, ...

Sports Coaching in Europe Cultural Histories

Sports Coaching in Europe: Cultural Histories

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Edited By Dave Day
January 09, 2023

This book explores the historical development of coaching traditions across Europe, placing national approaches to coaching within their cultural and political context. Sports coaching is a social practice that has been shaped by its cultural context, resulting in different countries being ...

Women, Horse Sports and Liberation Equestrianism and Britain from the 18th to the 20th Centuries

Women, Horse Sports and Liberation: Equestrianism and Britain from the 18th to the 20th Centuries

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By Erica Munkwitz
January 09, 2023

*Shortlisted for the 2022 Lord Aberdare Literary Prize* This book is the first, full-length scholarly examination of British women’s involvement in equestrianism from the eighteenth through the twentieth centuries, as well as the corresponding transformations of gender, class, sport, and national ...

The Emergence of Football Sport, Culture and Society in the Nineteenth Century

The Emergence of Football: Sport, Culture and Society in the Nineteenth Century

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By Peter Swain
December 19, 2022

The Emergence of Football fuses sports history into mainstream economic, social and cultural history, setting the development of the people’s game against the backdrop of the Industrial Revolution. The book challenges conventional histories of nineteenth-century football that surrounded mass games ...

Sport and Protest in the Black Atlantic

Sport and Protest in the Black Atlantic

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Edited By Michael J. Gennaro, Brian M. McGowan
November 02, 2022

This is the first book to focus on race, sport, protest, and the Black Atlantic. It brings together innovative scholarship on African, African-American, Afro-European, Afro-Brazilian, and Afro-Caribbean sports in a manner that speaks effectively to the diversity of the African diaspora, its history...

Britain’s Olympic Women A History

Britain’s Olympic Women: A History

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By Jean Williams
May 06, 2022

Britain has a long and distinguished history as an Olympic nation. However, most Olympic histories have focused on men’s sport. This is the first book to tell the story of Britain’s Olympic women, how they changed Olympic spectacle and how, in turn, they have reinterpreted the Games. Exploring the...

Sports Media History Culture, Technology, Identity

Sports Media History: Culture, Technology, Identity

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Edited By John Carvalho
November 06, 2020

This research collection explores the ongoing interaction between sports, media, and society throughout important periods in history, from the nineteenth century to the present day. It examines both historical moments and broader trends in sports, with an emphasis on the media’s role. ...

A History of Chinese Martial Arts

A History of Chinese Martial Arts

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Edited By Fuhua Huang, Fan Hong
June 30, 2020

Chinese martial arts have a long, meaningful history and deep cultural roots. They blend the physical components of combat with strategy, philosophy and tradition, distinguishing them from Western sports. A History of Chinese Martial Arts is the most authoritative study ever written on this topic,...

Sport, War and the British 1850 to the Present

Sport, War and the British: 1850 to the Present

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By Peter Donaldson
March 12, 2020

Spanning the colonial campaigns of the Victorian age to the War on Terror after 9/11, this study explores the role sport was perceived to have played in the lives and work of military personnel, and examines how sporting language and imagery were deployed to shape and reconfigure civilian society’s...

The Early Development of Football Contemporary Debates

The Early Development of Football: Contemporary Debates

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Edited By Graham Curry
June 17, 2019

This fascinating collection brings together leading football historians and sociologists from the UK, Germany, the USA and Australia to offer fresh perspectives on the early development of football (soccer), not only illuminating our understanding of the early history of the world’s most popular ...

Cricket: A Political History of the Global Game, 1945-2017

Cricket: A Political History of the Global Game, 1945-2017

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By Stephen Wagg
January 03, 2019

Cricket is an enduring paradox. On the one hand, it symbolises much that is outmoded: imperialism; a leisured elite; a rural, aristocratic Englishness. On the other, it endures as a global game and does so by skilful adaptation, trading partly on its mythic past and partly on its capacity to ...

Football and Literature in South America

Football and Literature in South America

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By David Wood
July 30, 2018

South America is a region that enjoys an unusually high profile as the origin of some of the world’s greatest writers and most celebrated footballers. This is the first book to undertake a systematic study of the relationship between football and literature across South America. Beginning with the ...

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