This lively and clear survey provides a wide-ranging overview of the history of modern sports, covering such topics as:
- why human beings are athletes
- how the major modern sports came about and how they spread throughout the world with the help of enthusiastic individuals, sports organizations, the YMCA and the Olympic movement
- discussions of some of the most popular of the 300 modern world sports including: soccer, basketball, baseball, cricket, table tennis, tennis, Formula One racing, golf, swimming, skiing, volleyball, track and field, boxing, judo and cycling
- the history of both western and non-western sports in depth, as well as the increasing globalization of sports today
- the challenges facing the world of sports today, such as commercialization and the use of performance-enhancing drugs.
Sports historians and cultural studies students will all find this book gives a fascinating and invaluable insight into the world of sport through history.
Table of Contents
Preface Introduction 1. The Athletic Imperative and the Reasons for Sport 2. The Emergence of Modern Sports 3. The Globalization of Sport 4. The Significance of Global Sports
About the Series
The Themes in World History series provides exciting, new and wide-ranging surveys of the important themes of world history. Each theme is examined over a broad period of time allowing analysis of continuities and change, and introduces students to historians' methods and debates in their context.
BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
- HISTORY / General
- HISTORY / World
- SPORTS & RECREATION / General