Historians in recent years have paid considerable attention to sport and leisure in the past, and historians of education are no exception. The chapters in this book showcase the breadth and depth of scholarship in this area, bringing new perspectives to bear on the history of physical education in several different European countries. Ranging from schoolgirl cricket in early postwar England to the varying approaches to physical education in the nineteenth-century Netherlands, the contributions all emphasise the importance of physical education to wider conceptions of education for citizenship. A number of chapters tackle issues in gender history, while others focus on the effects – often unintended – of policy-makers and the conflicts that could arise from the imposition of new physical education curricula. Covering England, Scotland, France, Germany, the Netherlands and Greece, this book features the work of both established and emerging scholars, and is an important contribution to the historiography of both education and sport.
This book was originally published as a special issue of History of Education.
1. Sport, health and the body in the history of education Mark Freeman 2. Journey in the historiography of the French Method of Physical Education: a matter of nationalism, imperialism and gender Thierry Terret and Jean Saint-Martin 3. Physical education for citizenship or humanity? Freethinkers and natural education in the Netherlands in the mid-nineteenth century Vincent Stolk, Willeke Los and Wiel Veugelers 4. Exercise and education: facilities for the young female body in Scotland, 1930-1960 Eilidh H.R. Macrae 5. Who killed schoolgirl cricket? The Women’s Cricket Association and the death of an opportunity, 1945-1960 Rafaelle Nicholson 6. Rebuilding physical education in the Western occupation zones of Germany, 1945-1949 Heather L. Dichter 7. Images of the body: the Greek physical education curriculum since the Second World War Dimitris Foteinos