A Sport-loving Society: Victorian and Edwardian Middle-class England at Play

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J. A. Mangan
Taylor & Francis, 2006 - Sports & Recreation - 320 pages
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In a time of unprecedented political and economic transformation, the middle classes of Victorian and Edwardian England became principal players in a new social order. Nowhere did their culture, values and identity gain clearer expression than in their sports, and their influence is still felt in the way we organise, play and think of sport today.

A Sport-Loving Society presents a selection of groundbreaking essays from the journals which have defined sport history over the past three decades. These essays explore the role of the social institutions and issues of the Victorian and Edwardian periods in shaping the sports of the English middle classes, including:

  • education
  • the emancipation of women
  • religion
  • culture and class
  • diplomacy and war.

Showcasing the work of prominent sport historians, this book demonstrates the value of sport as a vehicle for the study of wider social change.

 

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Contents

secondclass citizens?
11
PART I
39
Victorian masculinity field
45
drill
65
pleasure and purpose in Victorian
93
preparation
119
sport at the Oxbridge womens colleges
153
the beginnings
179
To pray or to play? The YMCA question in
198
racing and
219
the amateur question
239
No business of ours? The Foreign Office and
257
Sportsmen and the deadly game
274
sport
297
Index
313
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