Continuing our #VSI25 celebration of 26 years of the 'Very Short Introduction' series, for June we're introducing the origins of sports and giving you free access to the first chapter of Mike Cronin's 'Sport: A Very Short Introduction'
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Discover the origins of sports with the first chapter of 'Sport: A Very Short Introduction':
‘Origins’ shows that over the centuries sport has progressed from what has been described as a physical form of ritual, to the modern sporting era where tightly ruled contests rely on records and measurement. Sport history is not a simple progression from Ancient Greece to the stadia of contemporary sport, but rather a complex narrative of non-lineal changes that were constantly fractured by time and place...