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1st Edition

Sports History

Edited By

Wray Vamplew

ISBN 9780415837477
Published May 29, 2014 by Routledge
1822 Pages

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Book Description

Once winners started to be recorded Sports History began. Academic Sports History, however, was much longer in coming and there was no concerted productivity in the field till the 1970s. Two strands developed: one out of Physical Education whose practitioners mainly saw Sports History as facts and stories about past performances; the other started by historians and focusing on the social—matters of gender, ethnicity, identity, and class. Now a well-established discipline, Sports History is studied throughout the world. This new four-volume collection gathers together the key material, exemplifying the very best in Sports History scholarship. Including a new introduction and a full index, Sports History is a valuable one-stop research resource.

Table of Contents

Volume I

Sports History

1. James Walvin, ‘Sport, Social History and the Historian’, British Journal of Sports History, 1984, 1, 1, 5–13.

2. Murray G. Phillips, ‘Deconstructing Sport History: The Postmodern Challenge’, Journal of Sport History, 2001, 28, 3, 327–43.

Classical Times

3. David C. Young, ‘Mens Sana in Corpore Sano? Body and Mind in Ancient Greece’, International Journal of the History of Sport, 2005, 22, 1, 22–41.

4. M. J. Carter, ‘Gladiatorial Combat: The Rules of Engagement’, Classical Journal, 2006, 102, 97–114.

Pre-Modern Era

5. Roland Renson, ‘Contextual Essay: Traditional Rural Sports in Europe’, in Tony Collins, John Martin, and Wray Vamplew (eds.), Encyclopedia of Traditional British Rural Sports (Routledge, 2005), pp. 1–20.

6. W. Behringer, ‘Arena and Pall Mall: Sport in the Early Modern Period’, German History, 2009, 27, 331–57.


7. Allen Guttmann, ‘From Ritual to Record: A Retrospective Critique’, Sport History Review, 2001, 32, 2–11.

8. Alan Tomlinson and Christopher Young, ‘Sport in History: Challenging the Communis Opinio’, Journal of Sport History, 2010, 37, 1, 5–17.

Theory and Theoretical Concepts

9. Douglas Booth, ‘Theory’, in S. W. Pope and J. Nauright (eds.), Routledge Companion to Sports History (Routledge, 2010), pp. 12–33.

10. Allen Guttmann, ‘Review Essay: The Ludic and the Ludicrous’, International Journal of the History of Sport, 2008, 25, 1, 100–12.

Evidence and Empiricism

11. Douglas Booth, ‘Remnants of the Past’, The Field: Truth and Fiction in Sports History (Routledge, 2005), pp. 82–106.

12. Martin Johnes, ‘Archives, Truths and the Historian at Work: A Reply to Douglas Booth’s "Refiguring the Archive"’, Sport in History, 2007, 27, 1, 127–35.

13. Steven Townsend, Gary Osmond, and Murray G. Phillips, ‘Wicked Wikipedia: Communities of Practice, the Production of Knowledge and Australian Sport History’, International Journal of the History of Sport, 2013, 30, 6, 545–59.

14. Mike Cronin, ‘What Went Wrong With Counting? Thinking About Sport and Class in Britain and Ireland’, Sport in History, 2009, 29, 3, 392–404.

Relations with Other Disciplines

15. Paul Ward, ‘Last Man Picked. Do Mainstream Historians Need to Play with Sports Historians?’, International Journal of the History of Sport, 2013, 30, 1, 6–13.

16. Mike Cronin, ‘Reflections on the Cultural Paradigm’, Sporting Traditions, 2010, 27, 2, 1–13.

17. Louise Mansfield and Dominic Malcolm, ‘Sociology’, in S. W. Pope and J. Nauright (eds.), Routledge Companion to Sports History (Routledge, 2010), pp. 99–113.

18. Stephen Szymanski, ‘Economists and Sport History’, Journal of Sport History, 2010, 37, 1, 71–82.

19. Allen Guttmann, ‘Sport, Politics and the Engaged Historian’, Journal of Contemporary History, 2003, 38, 3, 363–75.

Volume II

Non-Élite Sport

20. Joyce Kay, ‘Grass Roots: The Development of Tennis in Britain, 1918–1978’, International Journal of the History of Sport, 29, 18, 2532–50.

21. Peter Burke, ‘The Emergence of Australian Football in Nineteenth-Century Workplaces’, Sporting Traditions, 2008, 25, 1, 17–39.


22. Dave Day, ‘London Swimming Professors: Victorian Craftsmen and Aquatic Entrepreneurs’, Sport in History, 2010, 30, 1, 32–54.

23. Wray Vamplew, ‘Exploited Labour or Successful Workingmen: Golf Professionals and Professional Golfers in Britain Before 1914’, Economic History Review, 2008, 61, 54–79.

Masculinity, Femininity, and Gender

24. Patricia Vertinsky, ‘Exercise, Physical Capability and the Eternally Wounded Woman in Late Nineteenth-Century North America’, Journal of Sport History, 1987, 14, 1, 7–27.

25. Sylvain Ferez, ‘From Women’s Exclusion to Gender Institution: A Brief History of the Sexual Categorisation Process within Sport’, International Journal of the History of Sport, 2012, 29, 2, 272–85.

26. Mark Connellan, ‘From Manliness to Masculinities’, Sporting Traditions, 2001, 17, 2, 49–63.

Class, Race, and Identity

27. Douglas Booth and John Loy, ‘Sport, Status, and Style’, Sport History Review, 1999, 30, 1–26.

28. Mike Huggins, ‘Sport and the British Upper Classes c. 1500–2000: An Historiographic Overview’, Sport in History, 2008, 28, 3, 364–88.

29. S. W. Pope, ‘Amateurism: The Invention of an Athletic Tradition’, Patriotic Games: Sporting Traditions in the American Imagination 1876–1926 (Oxford University Press, 1997), pp. 18–34.

30. Christopher Merrett, ‘Identity and the Geography of Physical Recreation: Imperialism and Apartheid in the South African City of Pietermaritzburg’, International Journal of the History of Sport, 2011, 28, 15, 2098–114.

Science and Technology

31. Peter G. Merrett, ‘From Horses to Humans: Species Crossovers in the Origin of Modern Sports Training’, Sport History Review, 2002, 33, 95–120.

32. Tara Magdalinski, ‘Introduction’, Sport, Technology and the Body (Routledge, 2009), pp. 1–13.

Not Playing the Game

33. Paul Dimeo, Thomas M. Hunt, and Richard Horbury, ‘The Individual and the State: A Social Historical Analysis of the East German "Doping System"’, Sport in History, 2011, 31, 2, 218–37.

34. Albert J. Figone, ‘Gambling and College Basketball: The Scandal of 1951’, Journal of Sport History, 1989, 16, 1, 44–61.

Volume III

Olympic Games

35. Christopher Young, ‘A Victory for the Olympic Idea: Berlin 1936’, Stadion, 2006, 32, 147–72.

36. Dennis J. Frost, ‘Tokyo’s Other Games: The Origins and Impact of the 1964 Paralympics’, International Journal of the History of Sport, 2012, 29, 4, 619–38.

Rules and Ruling Bodies

37. Wray Vamplew, ‘Playing With the Rules: Influences on the Development of Regulation in Sport’, International Journal of the History of Sport, 2007, 24, 843–71.

38. Christiane Eisenberg, ‘From Political Ignorance to Global Responsibility: The Role of the World Soccer Association (FIFA) in International Sport During the Twentieth Century’, Journal of Sport History, 2005, 32, 3, 379–93.

The Club

39. Stefan Szymanski, ‘A Theory of the Evolution of Modern Sport’, Journal of Sport History, 2008, 35, 1, 1–32.

40. Lauri Keskinen, ‘Working-Class Sports Clubs as Agents of Political Socialisation in Finland 1903–1923’, International Journal of the History of Sport, 2011, 28, 853–75.

Religion, Education, and the Military

41. Tara Magdalinski and Timothy J. L. Chandler, ‘With God on Their Side: An Introduction’, With God on Their Side: Sport in the Service of Religion (Routledge, 2002), pp. 1–19.

42. J. A. Mangan, ‘From Hooligans to Heroes and from Ferocity to Fair Play: Some English Historical Origins of Modern World Sport’, International Journal of the History of Sport, 2010, 27, 1–2, 98–103.

43. Charles H. Martin, ‘Commentary: Beer, Parking and Football’, Journal of Sport History, 2007, 34, 3, 397–404.

44. E. Reidi, ‘Brains or Polo? Equestrian Sport, Army Reform and the Gentlemanly Officer Tradition, 1900–1914’, Journal of the Society for Army Historical Research, 2006, 84, 339, 236–53.

Commerce and Entrepreneurship

45. Stephen Hardy, ‘Entrepreneurs, Organizations and the Sport Marketplace: Subjects in Search of Historians’, Journal of Sport History, 1986, 13, 1, 14–33.

46. Wray Vamplew, ‘Winning At Any Cost?’, Pay Up and Play the Game: Professional Sport in Britain, 1875–1914 (Cambridge University Press, 1988), pp. 174–80, 340–1.

47. Klaus Nathaus, ‘Between Club and Commerce: Comparing the Organisation of Sports in Britain and Germany from the Late Nineteenth to the Early Twentieth Century’, in Christiane Eisenberg and Andreas Gestrich (eds.), Cultural Industries in Britain and Germany: Sport, Music and Entertainment from the Eighteenth to the Twentieth Centuries (Wißner-Verlag, 2012), pp. 77–91.

Politics and Protest

48. Joyce Kay, ‘It Wasn’t Just Emily Davison! Sport, Suffrage and Society in Edwardian Britain’, International Journal of the History of Sport, 2008, 25, 10, 1338–54.

49. Simon Henderson, ‘Crossing the Line: Sport and the Limits of Civil Rights Protest’, International Journal of the History of Sport, 2009, 26, 1, 101–21.

50. James Riordan, ‘Sport Under Communism and Fascism: Reflections on Similarities and Differences’, Stadion, 2002, 28, 2, 268–74.

51. Lu Zhouxiang, ‘Sport, Nationalism and the Building of the Modern Chinese Nation State (1912–49)’, International Journal of the History of Sport, 2011, 28, 7, 1030–54.


52. Michael Oriard, ‘A Linguistic Turn into Sport History’, in Murray G. Phillips (ed.), Deconstructing Sports History (SUNY Press, 2006), pp. 75–91.

53. Richard Haynes, ‘"There’s Many a Slip ’Twixt the Eye and the Lip": An Exploratory History of Football Broadcasts and Running Commentaries on BBC Radio, 1927–1939’, International Review for the Sociology of Sport, 1999, 34, 2, 143–56.

Art and Literature

54. M. Johnes, ‘Texts, Audiences, and Postmodernism: The Novel as a Source in Sports History’, Journal of Sport History, 2007, 34, 121–33.

55. Mike Huggins, ‘The Sporting Gaze: Towards a Visual Turn in Sports History: Documenting Art and Sport’, Journal of Sport History, 2008, 35, 2, 311–29.

Museums and Material Culture

56. Murray G. Phillips, ‘Historians in Sports Museums’, in Phillips (ed.), Representing the Sporting Past in Museums and Halls of Fame (Abingdon, 2012), pp. 1–26.

57. Stephen Hardy, John Loy, and Douglas Booth, ‘The Material Culture of Sport: Towards a Typology, Journal of Sport History, 2009, 36, 1, 129–52.

Volume IV

Sport and Space

58. John Bale, ‘Racing Towards Modernity: A One-Way Street’, International Journal of the History of Sport, 1993, 10, 2, 215–32.

The Natural Environment

59. Peter Donnelly, ‘Playing with Gravity: Mountains and Mountaineering’, in Patricia Vertinsky and John Bale (eds.), Sites of Sport: Space, Place and Experience (Routledge, 2004), pp. 131–44.

60. Douglas Booth, ‘Mrs Grundy and Daylight Bathers’, Australian Beach Cultures: The History of Sun, Sand and Surf (Frank Cass, 2001), pp. 22–40.

61. Edward I. Steinhart, ‘Safari Hunting 1909–1939’, Black Poachers White Hunters: A Social History of Hunting in Colonial Kenya (James Currey, 2006), pp. 113–37.

62. Kit Wheeler and John Nauright, ‘A Global Perspective on the Environmental Impact of Golf’, Sport in Society, 2006, 9, 3, 427–43.

From Rural to Urban

63. Stephen Hardy, ‘The City and the Rise of American Sport’, Exercise & Sport Sciences Review, 1981, 9, 183–219.

64. David Mizener, ‘Competitive Plowing and Organized Sport in the Ontario Countryside, 1911–1941’, Journal of Sport History, 2006, 33, 3, 299–321.

65. Neil Garnham, ‘Patronage, Politics and the Modernization of Leisure in Northern England: The Case of Alnwick’s Shrove Tuesday Football Match’, English Historical Review, 2002, 117, 473, 1228–46.

Stadium Sport

66. Stephen Riess, ‘Historical Perspectives on Sport and Public Policy’, Policy Studies Review, 1998, 15, 1, 3–15.

67. R. W .Lewis, ‘Football Hooliganism in England before 1914: A Critique of the Dunning Thesis’, International Journal of the History of Sport, 1996, 13, 3, 310–39.

Sport in the Community

68. Alan Metcalfe, ‘Sport and Community: A Case Study of the Mining Villages of East Northumberland, 1800–1914’, in Jeff Hill and Jack Williams (eds.), Sport and Identity in the North of England (Keele University Press, 1996), pp. 13–40.

69. Roy Hay, ‘Croatia: Community, Conflict and Culture: The Role of Soccer Clubs in Migrant Identity’, in Mike Cronin and David Mayall (eds.), Sporting Nationalisms: Identity, Ethnicity, Immigration and Assimilation (Frank Cass, 1998), pp. 49–66.

Globalization, Imperialism, and Transnationalism

70. Mark Dyreson, ‘Globalizing the Nation-Making Process: Modern Sport in World History’, International Journal of the History of Sport, 2003, 20, 1, 91–106.

71. Malcolm MacLean, ‘Ambiguity within the Boundary: Re-reading C. L. R. James’s Beyond a Boundary’, Journal of Sport History, 2010, 37, 1, 99–117.

72. Amit Gupta, ‘The Globalisation of Sports, the Rise of Non-Western nations, and the Impact on International Sporting Events’, International Journal of the History of Sport, 2009, 26, 12, 1778–90.

Diffusion and Diaspora

73. Wray Vamplew, ‘Sporting Innovation: The American Invasion of the British Turf and Links, 1895–1905’, Sport History Review, 2004, 35, 122–37.

74. Paul Darby, ‘Gaelic Games, Ethnic Identity and Irish Nationalism in New York City c. 1880–1917’, Sport in Society, 2007, 10, 3, 347–67.

The Old World

75. Alan Tomlinson and Christopher Young, ‘Towards a New History of European Sport’, European Review, 2011, 19, 487–507.

76. Mark Dyreson, ‘Mapping Sport History and the History of Sport in Europe’, Journal of Sport History, 2011, 38, 3, 397–405.

Emerging Areas

77. Kausik Bandyopadhyay, ‘Sports History in India: Prospects and Problems’, International Journal of the History of Sport, 2005, 22, 4, 708–21.

78. Joseph L. Arbena, ‘Meaning and Joy in Latin American Sports’, International Review for the Sociology of Sport, 2000, 35, 1, 83–91.

79. Robert Chapell, ‘Sport in Postcolonial Uganda’, Journal of Sport and Social Issues, 2008, 32, 2, 177–98.

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