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Routledge Research in Sports History


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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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The Early Development of Football: Contemporary Debates

The Early Development of Football: Contemporary Debates

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Graham Curry
June 25, 2019

This fascinating collection brings together leading football historians and sociologists from the UK, Germany, the USA and Australia to offer fresh perspectives on the early development of football (soccer), not only illuminating our understanding of the early history of the world’s most popular...

Cricket: A Political History of the Global Game, 1945-2017

Cricket: A Political History of the Global Game, 1945-2017

1st Edition

Stephen Wagg
January 03, 2019

Cricket is an enduring paradox. On the one hand, it symbolises much that is outmoded: imperialism; a leisured elite; a rural, aristocratic Englishness. On the other, it endures as a global game and does so by skilful adaptation, trading partly on its mythic past and partly on its capacity to...

A History of Chinese Martial Arts

A History of Chinese Martial Arts

1st Edition

Fuhua Huang, Fan Hong
October 23, 2018

Chinese martial arts have a long, meaningful history and deep cultural roots. They blend the physical components of combat with strategy, philosophy and tradition, distinguishing them from Western sports. A History of Chinese Martial Arts is the most authoritative study ever written on this topic,...

Football and Literature in South America

Football and Literature in South America

1st Edition

David Wood
July 30, 2018

South America is a region that enjoys an unusually high profile as the origin of some of the world’s greatest writers and most celebrated footballers. This is the first book to undertake a systematic study of the relationship between football and literature across South America. Beginning with the...

Wrestling in Britain: Sporting Entertainments, Celebrity and Audiences

Wrestling in Britain: Sporting Entertainments, Celebrity and Audiences

1st Edition

Benjamin Litherland
March 19, 2018

At the intersection of sport, entertainment and performance, wrestling occupies a unique position in British popular culture. This is the first book to offer a detailed historical and cultural analysis of British professional wrestling, exploring the shifting popularity of the sport as well as its...

Association Football: A Study in Figurational Sociology

Association Football: A Study in Figurational Sociology

1st Edition

Graham Curry, Eric Dunning
November 15, 2016

This book presents a synthesis of the work on early football undertaken by the authors over the past two decades. It explores aspects of a figurational approach to sociology to examine the early development of football rules in the middle part of the nineteenth century. The book tests Dunning’s...

Taekwondo: From a Martial Art to a Martial Sport

Taekwondo: From a Martial Art to a Martial Sport

1st Edition

Udo Moenig
October 31, 2016

This book provides a comprehensive overview of the historical, political, and technical evolution of taekwondo. Many of the supposedly ‘traditional’ and ‘ancient’ Korean cultural elements attached to taekwondo are, in fact, remnants of East Asia’s modernization drive, and largely inherited from the...

A Contemporary History of Women's Sport, Part One: Sporting Women, 1850-1960

A Contemporary History of Women's Sport, Part One: Sporting Women, 1850-1960

1st Edition

Jean Williams
May 31, 2016

This book is an historical survey of women’s sport from 1850-1960. It looks at some of the more recent methodological approaches to writing sports history and raises questions about how the history of women’s sport has so far been shaped by academic writers. Questions explored in this...

A Social History of Tennis in Britain

A Social History of Tennis in Britain

1st Edition

Robert J. Lake
May 31, 2016

Winner of the Lord Aberdare Literary Prize 2015- from the British Society for Sports History. From its advent in the mid-late nineteenth century as a garden-party pastime to its development into a highly commercialised and professionalised high-performance sport, the history of tennis in Britain...

Making Sport History: Disciplines, identities and the historiography of sport

Making Sport History: Disciplines, identities and the historiography of sport

1st Edition

Pascal Delheye
October 12, 2015

The field of sport history is a relatively new research domain, situated at the intersection of a number of disciplines and sub-disciplines.  This interdisciplinarity has created interesting avenues for growth and fresh thinking but also inherent problems of coherence and identity.   Making Sport...

The Black Press and Black Baseball, 1915-1955: A Devil’s Bargain

The Black Press and Black Baseball, 1915-1955: A Devil’s Bargain

1st Edition

Brian Carroll
July 20, 2015

This book brings into dramatic relief the dilemma, or devil's bargain, that faced the black press in first building up black baseball, then crusading for the sport's integration and, as a result of that largely successful campaign, ultimately encouraging and even ensuring the demise of those same...

Physical Culture and Sport in Soviet Society: Propaganda, Acculturation, and Transformation in the 1920s and 1930s

Physical Culture and Sport in Soviet Society: Propaganda, Acculturation, and Transformation in the 1920s and 1930s

1st Edition

Susan Grant
June 02, 2014

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...

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