1st Edition

Sport History The Basics

By Gerald R. Gems Copyright 2021
    226 Pages
    by Routledge

    226 Pages
    by Routledge

    This is a fundamental text for the study of sport history. It answers the ‘why,’ ‘how,’ and ‘what’ questions, introducing the key principles and practices of sport history and walking the reader through the fascinating stories, debates, issues, and national and international narratives that constitute the history of sport.

    The book provides an overview of the field and the various professional roles assumed by practitioners, such as researchers, academics, and public historians. It is brief, crisp, and to the point. The main general topics of interest within the field – gender, race, nationalism, religion, sport and leisure, and megaevents – are covered with introductory vignettes, stories of interest, a wide variety of theoretical frameworks, and relevant historiography in the most current and timely text of its kind. Each chapter provides a list of further readings for more in-depth study. Students are taught how to conduct research and present their findings in a variety of mediums, and teaching and publication tips are offered for educators.

    Sport History: The Basics is essential reading for any student on a sport-related degree course or with an interest in social and cultural history. It is also fascinating reading for anybody with a general interest in sport.

    1          Why Study Sport History?

    2          The Work of a Sport Historian

    3          Gender

    4          Race

    5          Sport and Nationalism

    6          Sport and Religion

    7          Sport and Leisure

    8          Megaevents

    9          Sport History Around the World


    Gerald R. Gems is Professor Emeritus at North Central College, USA. He is past president of the North American Society for Sport History, past vice president of the International Society for the History of Physical Education and Sport, and an international Fulbright Scholar.

    Sport History: The Basics belongs in the library of anyone who claims to practice sport

    history, either as a professional or an amateur. It is useful, enlightening, and indeed inspirational.

    All in the field should offer a round of thanks to Gerald Gems for taking on this

    massive task and the quality of the results he has produced. -- Richard C. Crepeau, University of Central Florida