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Sport in Britain 1945-2000

ISBN: 978-0-631-17153-9
228 pages
March 2001, Wiley-Blackwell
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This book examines the complex transformation of British sport in the second half of the twentieth century. Focusing on the key role of the media as a driving force for change, it also provides a fascinating account of the wider social and cultural history of post-war British sport.
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Table of Contents


1. Playing and Watching.

2. Reconstruction, 1945-1952.

3. Amateurism.

4. The Professionals.

5. Media and Celebrity.

6. Civic and National Identity.

7. Governments and Sport.




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Author Information

Richard Holt is the author of several books and articles on the history of sport including Sport and Society in Modern France (1981) and Sport and the British (1989). He also edited Sport and the Working Class in Modern Britain (1991).

Tony Mason is the author of numerous works on modern sports including Association Football and English Society (1980) and Passion of the People: football in South America (1995). He also edited Sport in Britain: a social history (1989).

Richard Holt and Tony Mason are members of the International Centre for Sports History and Culture, De Montfort University, Leicester.

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The Wiley Advantage

  • Explores British sport as experienced by those who watched it, played it, wrote and talked about it.
  • Gives equal attention to the post-war years and to the more immediate present.
  • Includes discussion of women, ethnic minorities, and the disabled within the general text rather than treating them separately.
  • Focuses on Britain's most popular organised and competitive sporting activities.
  • Combines a compelling picture of leading personalities and performances with a wider explanation of social and cultural change.

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"Any book by Holt or Mason is recommended reading, but one by Holt and Mason is mandatory as this book has proved ... I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book, I learnt much and congratulate Holt and Mason on a fine publication." British Journal of Teaching Physical Education <!--end-->
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