East Plays West: Sport and the Cold War

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The Cold War spanned some five decades from the devastation that remained after World War Two until the fall of the Berlin wall, and for much of that time the perception was that only on the Eastern side were politics and sport inextricably linked. However, this assumption underestimates the extent to which sport was an important symbol for both power blocs in their ongoing ideological struggle.

This collection of essays from leading international authorities on sport, culture ...

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Overview

The Cold War spanned some five decades from the devastation that remained after World War Two until the fall of the Berlin wall, and for much of that time the perception was that only on the Eastern side were politics and sport inextricably linked. However, this assumption underestimates the extent to which sport was an important symbol for both power blocs in their ongoing ideological struggle.

This collection of essays from leading international authorities on sport, culture and ideology brings together an impressive body of work organized around key political themes and outstanding moments in sport, and is at once a political history of sport and an illuminating new perspective on the forces that shaped this unsettled time.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415359269
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 12/28/2006
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

List of contributors     ix
Foreword     xi
Acknowledgements     xiii
Introduction: war minus the shooting?   David L. Andrews   Stephen Wagg     1
Totalitarian regimes and Cold War sport: steroid "Ubermenschen" and "ball-bearing females"   Rob Beamish   Ian Ritchie     11
Verbal gymnastics: sports, bureacracy, and the Soviet Union's entrance into the Olympic Games, 1946-1952   Jenifer Parks     27
Cold War expatriot sport: symbolic resistance and international response in Hungarian water polo at the Melbourne Olympics, 1956   Robert E. Rinehart     45
Cold War football: British-European encounters in the 1940s and 1950s   Ronnie Kowalski   Dilwyn Porter     64
"Oscillating antagonism": Soviet-British athletics relations, 1945-1960   John Bale     82
"If you want the girl next door ...": Olympic sport and the popular press in early Cold War Britain   Stephen Wagg     100
The "muscle gap": physical education and US fears of a depleted masculinity, 1954-1963   Jeffrey Montez de Oca     123
Good versus evil? Drugs, sport and the Cold War   Paul Dimeo     149
The Cold War and the (re)articulation of Canadian national identity: the 1972 Canada-USSR Summit Series   JayScherer   Gregory H. Duquette   Daniel S. Mason     163
"One day when the Yankees...": Cuban baseball, the United States and the Cold War   Milton H. Jamail     187
Playing the "race card": US foreign policy and the integration of sports   Damion Thomas     207
"Miraculous" masculinity meets militarization: narrating the 1980 USSR-US men's Olympic ice hockey match and Cold War politics   Mary G. McDonald     222
The Soviet Union and the Olympic Games of 1980 and 1984: explaining the boycotts to their own people   Evelyn Mertin     235
"Sport and politics don't mix": China's relationship with the IOC during the Cold War   Susan Brownell     253
Sport after the Cold War: implications for Russia and Eastern Europe   James Riordan     272
Performing America's past: Cold War fantasies in a perpetual state of war   Michael Silk   Bryan Bracey   Mark Falcous     289
Beyond the stadium and into the street: sport and anti-Americanism in South Korea   Eunha Koh   David L. Andrews   Ryan White     314
Index     330

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