Filling a gap in the literature on the history of sport in Europe, the book brings together complementary studies on diverse aspects of the interrelation between sport and urban space. Going from geography to political science, from sports history to urban and transport history, it suggests a three-fold approach. A first thematic group of researches ranges around "Sport Development and Urban Spaces", exploring the impact of the city on the rise of sport. A second focal point is related to "Sport Policies and Local Identities" with a special attention given to the making of sport venues and competitions in the making of urban identity. A third thematic group includes studies on "Sport Facilities, Engineers and Workers". The articulation of the three parts builds a unique contribution to the process of identity making at a European level.
This book was published a sa special issue of the International Journal of the History of Sport.
1. Prologue: Sport and Urban Space in Europe: Facilities, Industries, Identities Thierry Terret and Sandra Heck
Part I: Sport Development and Urban Spaces
2. Cycling in the City? Belgian Cyclists Conquering Urban Spaces, 1860–1900 Stijn Knuts and Pascal Delheye
3. Sport, Space and the Social Construction of the Modern City: The Urban Impact of Sports Involvement in Barcelona (1870–1923) Xavier Pujadas
4. Sports in the German University from about 1900 until the Early Years of the Federal Republic of Germany: The Example of Muenster and the ‘Westfaelische Wilhelms-University’ Michael Krüger
Part II: Sport Policies and Local Identity
5. Creating Places for Sport in Interwar Europe. A Comparison of the Provision of Sports Venues in Italy, Germany and England Daphné Bolz
6. Sport, Urbanity and Communal Socialism: The Case of ‘Red Zurich’ (1928–1949) Christian Koller
7. Myth or Reality of the Revier Derby? Schalke 04 versus Borussia Dortmund (1947–2007) Sandra Heck, Paul Nierhaus and Andreas Luh
Part III: Sport Facilities, Engineers and Workers
8. ‘Bringing the Alps to the City’: Early Indoor Winter Sports Events in the Modern City of the Twentieth Century Annette R. Hofmann
9. Civil Engineering and the Development of Sport and Leisure in Swiss Cities (1900–1950) Laurent Tissot
10. Towards an Internationalisation of Workers’ Training: Reducing Injury and Enhancing Efficiency in the Industrial Context of the 1950s Yohan Blondel and Thierry Terret
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