Sports in the Western World

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University of Illinois Press, 1988 - Sports & Recreation - 359 pages
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Contents

FROM RITUAL TO RECREATION THE BEGINNINGS OF SPORT
1
The Competitive Impulse
3
Organized Greek Games
14
The Decline and Fall of Athletics
28
Medieval People at Play
42
SPORTS IN AN EXPANDING WORLD FROM THE RENAISSANCE TO THE INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION
57
The Day of the Scholar Athlete
59
Frowning Puritans
72
IN SUNSHINE AND SHADOW SPORTS IN THE AGE OF CONFLICT
189
The Shaping of Modern Sports
191
Days Dark and Golden
209
Coping With Depression
229
Testing the Super Race
245
YESTERDAYS SPORTS PAGE DOMINANT THEMES SINCE 1945
261
EastWest Games
263
Breaking Barriers Through Sports
283

New Standards for Old Sports
85
The Birth of Mass Leisure
99
Varieties of Football
119
Bats Balls and Business
138
Boys of Winter
155
Individualism Rugged and Refined
171
Sports Biz
304
Sports in Perspective
330
Sources and Suggested Readings
337
Index
355
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Baker is Professor of History at the University of Maine, Orono.

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