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Sport: A Very Short Introduction

Sport: A Very Short Introduction  

Mike Cronin

Print Publication Year: 
Nov 2014
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Nov 2014
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9780191781339
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199688340.001.0001
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book
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9780199688340
A Very Short Introduction
2. Modern

2. Modern  

Mike Cronin

in Sport: A Very Short Introduction

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Nov 2014
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Nov 2014
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9780191781339
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10.1093/actrade/9780199688340.003.0003
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9780199688340
2. Modern The development of modern sports, as we would recognize them now, was primarily a product of the second half of the 19th century. However, prior to the coalescence of various forces that would lead to the rise of sport in its modern, codified, and rational form, there were a series of key building blocks that would inform the Victorian development of sporting activity. The common practice of playing sport on feast days and Sundays had led to the popular spread of games such as folk football. The brief period of Puritan domination in 17th century Britain and colonial
5. Business

5. Business  

Mike Cronin

in Sport: A Very Short Introduction

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Nov 2014
Published Online: 
Nov 2014
eISBN: 
9780191781339
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199688340.003.0006
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chapter
ISBN: 
9780199688340
5. Business On 22 June 1938, at New York’s Yankee Stadium, 70,000 spectators gathered to watch Joe Louis fight Max Schmeling, for the World Heavyweight boxing title. The fight was read by the media of the time as symbolizing the battle between American liberal democracy and German Nazism. That Louis was an African-American with restricted civil liberties, and Schmeling an honest and well-respected boxer who was manipulated in the name of Nazi propaganda, mattered little. Given that both boxers were cast as representatives of their respective nations and their political systems, there was an enormous thirst for the fight. The
6. Dark side

6. Dark side  

Mike Cronin

in Sport: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Nov 2014
Published Online: 
Nov 2014
eISBN: 
9780191781339
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199688340.003.0007
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chapter
ISBN: 
9780199688340
6. Dark side Sport is not simply about who wins or loses the game. While events on the field of play may constitute the limits of the actual physical sporting experience, the impact of sport is felt far wider. In 1950, for example, Brazil was the host nation, and hot favourite, for that year’s soccer World Cup. They faced Uruguay in the final, in front of 200,000 supporters, packed into the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro. The Uruguayans stunned the home crowd into silence, scoring the winner, with 11 minutes remaining, to win 2–1. In trying to explain the

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