The Evolution of Polo

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Tracing the evolution of polo from its origins in Central Asia to its current manifestation as a professional sport that attracts wealthy sponsors and patrons, this sociological study examines how polo has changed according to the economic and cultural differences of the nations and continents where it is played. One hundred historic and modern photographs are included.

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Editorial Reviews

PQ International
books on 'modern polo' have been a relatively recent phenomenon. One of the more recent contributions to the genre also happens to be one of the most significant to have surfaced in quite some time...a thoroughly enjoyable and a highly readable book
The Evolution of Polo
Journal of Sport History.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786438143
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 7/1/2009
  • Pages: 364
  • Sales rank: 1,127,871
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

A polo player and surgeon, Horace A. Laffaye is on the board of directors of the Museum of Polo and is chairman of the Polo Hall of Fame Nominating Committee. His writings on the game include several books and many articles in magazines in North America, Argentina and England. He divides his time between Connecticut and Florida.

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Table of Contents

Foreword Nigel a Brassard Brassard, Nigel a

Pt. I The Tribesmen

1 Folk Games: From the Silk Road to the Manipuri Valleys

2 An Ancient Pastime Discovered by Western Eyes

Pt. II The Aristocrats

3 The European Journey

4 The British Carry the Flag

5 Polo in India: Conflicts and Harmonies

6 The Beginning of the Internationals

7 Polo Myths: Billiard Ball, Walking Sticks, and All That

8 The British Clubs

9 Fashionable Chic: Polo on the Continent

10 American Polo Comes of Age

11 The Anglo-Argentines: Squires or Gauchos?

12 Olympic Interlude

Between pages 126 and 127 are eight color plates containing 17 photographs

Pt. III The Amateurs

13 The Mighty Americans

14 Of Lords and Ladies

15 The Game in the Former Dominions

16 The Cup of the Americas

17 The Hallowed Grounds: Hurlingham, Meadow Brook and Palermo

18 Return from War: The Internationals

19 The Rise of Argentina

20 England's Recovery: Gentlemen Players and Hired Assassins

21 Polo in America in the Late Twentieth Century

22 Bits and Pieces, Strokes and Mallets

Pt. IV The Professionals

23 Patrons and the Dawn of Professionalism

24 Women's Polo

25 The Game's Thinkers

26 The Evolution of the Rules

27 On Umpiring

28 The Polo Pony: From Tats to Thoroughbreds

29 The State of the Game in the Twenty-First Century

Appendix A The Code of Rules for the Silchar Polo Club, 1863

Appendix B The Field, 20 March 1863, Letter to the Editor

Appendix C The Rules of the Game, as Drafted by Lt. Hartopp on Mess Paper, 1869

Chapter Notes



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