Sociology and history of sport is a fast rising subject. There is a growing interest in issues associated with globalization and sport culture across European and North American boundaries.
This book fills an important gap. At the forefront of new areas of research in sport studies, it deals with a significant historical period systematically and, above all, internationally.
Brought together in a single volume, this work examines the shaping of sport both by the fascist and communist institutions of Europe during the interwar period. It shows how sport was used as an instrument of propaganda and psychological pressure by major political and sporting nations as well as international movements such as the Catholic Church and the International Worker Sport Movement.
This volume will be a key reference for researchers and students in sports history, sports sociology, politics and European studies.
Introduction - Jim Riordan. Sport - a means of national representation - Pierre Arnaud. Sport and international relations before 1914 - Pierre Arnaud. The Nazi Olympics and the American boycott controversy - Allen Guttmann. The Foreign Office and the Football Association: British sport and appeasement 1935-1938 - Richard Holt. The sports policy of the Soviet Union 1917-1941 - James Riordan. The role of sport in German international politics, 1918-1945 - Arnd Krüger. Spanish sports policy in Republican and Fascist Spain - Teresa Gonzalez Aja. French sport and the emergence of authoritarian regimes, 1919-1939 - Pierre Arnaud. Italian sport and international relations under Fascism - Angela Teja. The Belgian Catholic gymnastic movement in its international context, 1908-1940 - Jan Tollener. Worker sport :the uneasy relationship between Soviet sport and worker and bourgeois sport, 1920-1937 - André Gounot. Interwar sport and interwar relations: some conclusions - Richard Holt.