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Routledge Research in Sports History

About the Series

The Routledge Research in Sports History series presents leading research in the development and historical significance of modern sport through a collection of historiographical, regional and thematic studies which span a variety of periods, sports and geographical areas. Showcasing ground-breaking, cross-disciplinary work from established and emerging sport historians, the series provides a crucial contribution to the wider study of sport and society. 

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The Commonwealth Games A Political History

The Commonwealth Games: A Political History

1st Edition


By Marc Keech
February 28, 2022

Since their inception in 1930 as the British Empire Games, the Commonwealth Games have developed into one of the world’s major sporting mega-events, with 5,000 athletes competing in Glasgow 2014 representing countries covering one third of the world’s population. This is the first book to survey ...

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

1st Edition

By Erica Munkwitz
July 14, 2021

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 identity in Britain and its Empire. It argues that women’...

Sports Coaching in Europe Cultural Histories

Sports Coaching in Europe: Cultural Histories

1st Edition

Edited By Dave Day
June 14, 2021

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 ...

Sports Media History Culture, Technology, Identity

Sports Media History: Culture, Technology, Identity

1st Edition

Edited By John Carvalho
October 28, 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. ...

Britain’s Olympic Women A History

Britain’s Olympic Women: A History

1st Edition

By Jean Williams
July 27, 2020

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...

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

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

1st Edition

By Peter Swain
July 22, 2020

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 ...

A History of Chinese Martial Arts

A History of Chinese Martial Arts

1st Edition

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

1st Edition

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

1st Edition

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

1st Edition

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

1st Edition

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 ...

Wrestling in Britain Sporting Entertainments, Celebrity and Audiences

Wrestling in Britain: Sporting Entertainments, Celebrity and Audiences

1st Edition

By Benjamin Litherland
March 21, 2018

At the intersection of sport, entertainment and performance, wrestling occupies a unique position in British popular culture. This is the first book to offer a detailed historical and cultural analysis of British professional wrestling, exploring the shifting popularity of the sport as well as its ...

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