Sport in Soviet Society: Development of Sport and Physical Education in Russia and the USSR

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CUP Archive, Jun 30, 1980 - Social Science - 446 pages
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The role and development of sport in Soviet society received little contemporary attention, in the West or in Russia. Although it was widely banned after the Russian Revolution, and viewed as a tool developed by the bourgeoisie for the training of body and mind during the rise of capitalism, the USSR was among the world's sporting powers. This 1977 book examines the evolution of sport in Russia from its early association with health and hygiene, through a period of functional association with labour and defence, to its post-war importance as a means of enhancing the prestige of Soviet communism abroad. The historical role of Soviet sport is followed from the considerable part that sport played during the period of rapid industrialisation, through its strange fate during the years of mass repression, to its emergence as a major institution after the Second World War.
 

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Contents

The ideological roots of Soviet physical education
42
Militarisation of sport 1917i920
68
Years of physical culture 1921 1929
82
Industrialisation and competitive sport 19291941
120
the supreme test
153
aiming
161
urban life and leisure
183
Contemporary organisation of Soviet sport
207
the military peasants
288
1I Soviet sport and Soviet foreign policy
348
biographies and comment
402
Administrative structure of trade union
409
Institute of Physical Culture
416
Index
431
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