Physical Culture and Sport in Soviet Society

Propaganda, Acculturation, and Transformation in the 1920s and 1930s

By Susan Grant

© 2012 – Routledge

264 pages | 14 B/W Illus.

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About the Book

From its very inception the Soviet state valued the merits and benefits of physical culture, which included not only sport but also health, hygiene, education, labour and defence. Physical culture propaganda was directed at the Soviet population, and even more particularly at young people, women and peasants, with the aim of transforming them into ideal citizens. By using physical culture and sport to assess social, cultural and political developments within the Soviet Union, this book provides a new addition to the historiography of the 1920s and 1930s as well as to general sports history studies.

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About the Author

Susan Grant is an Irish Research Council CARA Postdoctoral Mobility Fellow, University College Dublin and University of Toronto, and Alice Fisher Fellow, Barbara Bates Center for the History of Nursing, University of Pennsylvania.

About the Series

Routledge Research in Sports History

The Routledge Research in Sports History series presents leading research in the development and historical significance of modern sport through a collection of historiographical, regional and thematic studies which span a variety of periods, sports and geographical areas. Showcasing ground-breaking, cross-disciplinary work from established and emerging sport historians, the series provides a crucial contribution to the wider study of sport and society. 

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BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HIS012000
HISTORY / Europe / Former Soviet Republics
SPO000000
SPORTS & RECREATION / General
SPO019000
SPORTS & RECREATION / History