The Victorians and Sport

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A&C Black, Dec 17, 2004 - History - 318 pages
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Many of the sports that have spread across the world, from athletics and boxing to golf and tennis, had their origins in nineteenth-century Britain. They were exported around the world by the British Empire, and Britain's influence in the world led to many of its sports being adopted in other countries. (Americans, however, liked to show their independence by rejecting cricket for baseball.) The Victorians and Sport is a highly readable account of the role sport played in both Victorian Britain and its empire. Major sports attracted mass followings and were widely reported in the press. Great sporting celebrities, such as the cricketer Dr W.G. Grace, were the best-known people in the country, and sporting rivalries provoked strong loyalties and passionate emotions. Mike Huggins provides fascinating details of individual sports and sportsmen. He also shows how sport was an important part of society and of many people's lives.
  

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Contents

The Rise of Sport
1
Class and Sport
19
Amateurs and Professionals
51
Sporting Pleasures
85
Rugby in the 188os
95
Money m
111
Cricket and Football Times advertisements in 1880
135
The Media
141
Stars
167
Mr H J Barren a local amateur in 1880
171
Loyalties
191
The Wider World
219
Notes
249
Bibliography
279
Index 281
299
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Page 290 - Sport and the masculine hegemony of the modern nation: Welsh rugby, culture and society, 1890-1914', in John Nauright and Timothy JL Chandler (eds), Making Men: Rugby and Masculine Identity (London, 1996), 50-69.

About the author (2004)

Mike Huggins is Reader in Cultural History at St. Martins College, Lancaster and he has published many books and articles on the history of sport. His Flat Racing and British Society, 1790-1914 won the North American Society of Sport Historians book prize in 2001.


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