Sport and the Pursuit of War and Peace from the Nineteenth Century to the Present : War Minus the Shooting? book cover
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Sport and the Pursuit of War and Peace from the Nineteenth Century to the Present
War Minus the Shooting?

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ISBN 9781032125978
March 3, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge
424 Pages 9 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This volume of wide-ranging essays by sport historians and sociologists examines the complex relations of war, peace and sport through a series of case studies from South and North America, Europe, North Africa, Asia and New Zealand.

From formal military training in the late nineteenth century to contemporary esports, the relationship between military and sporting cultures has endured across nations in times of conflict and peace. This collection contextualizes debates around the morality and desirability of continuing to play sport against the backdrop of war as others are dying for their nation. It also examines the legacy and memory of particular wars as expressed in a range of sporting practices in the immediate aftermath of conflicts such as the World Wars and wars of independence. At the same time, this book analyses the history of sport and peace by considering how sport can operate as a pacification in some contexts and a tool of reconciliation in others.

Together, and through an introductory framing essay, these essays offer scholars of sport, conflict studies and cultural history more broadly a multinational analysis of the war-peace-sport nexus that has operated throughout the world since the late nineteenth century.

Table of Contents

Introduction: ‘Exploring the War-Peace-Sport Nexus'  Part 1: Military and Sporting Cultures  1. Boars as Rebels: Pig-Sticking as a Military Sport for the British Army in India  2. Reporting the Death of Cycling’s Elite in First World War France  3. Women, War and Sport: The Battle of the 2019 Solheim Cup  4. Sport Plus the Shooting: Military Vision and the Logic of War in Esports  Part 2: Play On: Negotiating Sporting Practice in a Time of Conflict  5. 'You are absolutely indifferent to the call of your King': Horse Racing, War and Politics in New Zealand, 1914-18  6. 'Flannelled fools are strutting about tennis courts': Lawn Tennis in Britain during the Great War  7. Occupied Scandinavian Brother Nations: Danish and Norwegian Sports during World War II  8. The General's Vuelta: Cycling and Dictatorship during Columbia's La Violencia, 1953-58  Part 3: Sports Culture and the Legacy of War  9. 'What Demobilised Men Want': Physical Culture and Post-War British Masculinity  10. The 'Great Game' and Sport: Identity, Contestation and Irish-British Relations in the Olympic Movement  11. The Pathos of the Soldier-Athlete in Japanese Memories of the Asia-Pacific War  12. Remembering 'Our Boys': Football, War, and Masculinity in the British Military Spectacular  Part 4: Playing for Peace: Cultural Diplomacy or Pacification?  13. Overcoming Antipathy for Internationalism? Britain and the 1920 Olympic Games  14. War and Sport in 'French' Algeria: From Pacification to Decolonization  15. 'A Fine Example of Brotherhood and Sportsmanship': The 1964 Tokyo Summer Olympic Games in the Era of the 'Little Détente'  16. Replacing Bullets with Balls: Sport for Peace in the FARC Demobilization and Reincorporation Camps

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Martin Hurcombe is Professor of French Studies at the University of Bristol, UK. He is a specialist in early twentieth-century French culture, history and politics and is the author of Novelists in Conflict: Ideology and the Absurd in the French Combat Novel of the Great War (2004) and France and the Spanish Civil War: Cultural Representations of the War next Door, 1936–45 (2011). His most recent book, co-written with Martyn Cornick and Angela Kershaw, is French Political Travel Writing in the Inter-War Years: Radical Departures (2017). His current work explores the history of the French sports press and publication industry through its relationship to road cycling.

Philip Dine is a Personal Professor and a former Head of French at the National University of Ireland Galway. He has published widely on representations of the French colonial empire and its cultural legacies in fields ranging from children’s literature to professional sport. Further projects have targeted sport and identity-construction in France and the Francophone world. He is the author of Images of the Algerian War (1994), French Rugby Football: A Cultural History (2001) and Sport and Identity in France: Practices, Locations, Representations (2012). He is also the co-editor (with Seán Crosson) of Sport, Representation and Evolving Identities in Europe (2010).