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The Evolution of Polo
     

The Evolution of Polo

by Horace A. Laffaye
 

ISBN-10: 0786438142

ISBN-13: 9780786438143

Pub. Date: 07/01/2009

Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers

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

Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786438143
Publisher:
McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date:
07/01/2009
Pages:
364
Sales rank:
945,012
Product dimensions:
6.90(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.90(d)

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Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Foreword by Nigel à Brassard 1

Preface 3

PART I : THE TRIBESMEN

1. Folk Games: From the Silk Road to the Manipuri Valleys 5

2. An Ancient Pastime Discovered by Western Eyes 10

PART II : THE ARISTOCRATS

3. The European Journey 18

4. The British Carry the Flag 32

5. Polo in India: Conflicts and Harmonies 56

6. The Beginning of the Internationals 65

7. Polo Myths: Billiard Ball, Walking Sticks, and All That 73

8. The British Clubs 78

9. Fashionable Chic: Polo on the Continent 93

10. American Polo Comes of Age 99

11. The Anglo-Argentines: Squires or Gauchos? 108

12. Olympic Interlude 117

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

PART III : THE AMATEURS

13. The Mighty Americans 127

14. Of Lords and Ladies 136

15. The Game in the Former Dominions 145

16. The Cup of the Americas 158

17. The Hallowed Grounds: Hurlingham, Meadow Brook and Palermo 176

18. Return from War: The Internationals 182

19. The Rise of Argentina 191

20. England’s Recovery: Gentlemen Players and Hired Assassins 199

21. Polo in America in the Late Twentieth Century 206

22. Bits and Pieces, Strokes and Mallets 214

PART IV : THE PROFESSIONALS

23. Patrons and the Dawn of Professionalism 224

24. Women’s Polo 231

25. The Game’s Thinkers 243

26. The Evolution of the Rules 255

27. On Umpiring 266

28. The Polo Pony: From Tats to Thoroughbreds 275

29. The State of the Game in the Twenty-First Century 287

Appendix A: The Code of Rules for the Silchar Polo Club, 1863 301

Appendix B: The Field, 20 March 1869, Letter to the Editor 303

Appendix C: The Rules of the Game, as Drafted by Lt. Hartopp on

Mess Paper, 1869 305

Chapter Notes 307

Bibliography 327

Index 333

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