Historical Dictionary Of The Modern Olympic Movement

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Overview

The foremost sporting event in the world, the Olympic Games have grown from a quaint idea in the 1890s to a major world happening. This unique book shows the historical context in which each of the Olympic Games has taken place. Divided into sections on the Summer Games and the Winter Games, the book includes chronologically arranged entries on each of the games since 1896. Entries focus on such information as site selection, political questions, controversies, collateral events, changes in programming, and political and economic consequences of the games—all information that is not available in other reference works on the Olympics.

Once again the Olympic flame will burn in the U.S.A. as Atlanta, GA, hosts the 1996 Summer Olympic Games, marking the 100th anniversary of the Modern Olympic Movement. The first Games of the Modern Era were celebrated in Athens in 1896 and have grown from a quaint idea in the 1890s to a major world happening. It is a testament to the founders of the games that the ideals upon which the Olympic Movement was founded have continued throughout the years and will be carried into the next century in Sydney, Australia. Valued for their idealism and revered for the moral code they demonstrate in heroic sporting contests, the Olympic Games are the foremost sporting event in the world. Divided into sections on the Summer Games and the Winter Games, this unique reference work shows the historical context in which each of the Olympic Games has taken place. The book includes chronologically arranged entries on each of the games from 1896 to the Centennial games planned for 1996, and the Olympic Games planned for 1998 in Nagano, Japan, and 2000 in Sydney. Entries focus on such information as site selection, political questions, controversies, collateral events, changes in programming, and political and economic consequences of the games—all information that is not available in other reference works on the Olympics.

Adding another dimension, the appendixes provide biographical profiles of the members of the International Olympic Committee and an entry on the United States Olympic Committee. The volume also provides information on Olympic films and a general bibliography.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
In addition to recapping the highlights of each Olympiad, the Historical Dictionary offers sometimes erudite but more often fascinating essays about the surrounding social and political climate every four years. Medium to large sports collections should acquire.
Booknews
Divided into sections on the Summer Games and the Winter Games, this reference shows the historical context in which each of the Olympic Games has taken place, from the first Games of the modern era held in Athens in 1896 to the Centennial Games planned for 1996 in Atlanta, the Games planned for 1998 in Nagano, Japan, and the year 2000 in Sydney, Australia. Entries focus on such information as site selection, political questions, controversies, collateral events, changes in programming, and political and economic consequences of the games. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313284779
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/28/1996
  • Pages: 504
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.25 (d)

Meet the Author

JOHN E. FINDLING is Professor of History at Indiana University Southeast.

KIMBERLY D. PELLE is the coeditor of Historical Dictionary of World's Fairs and Expositions (Greenwood, 1990) and holds degrees from Indiana University Southeast.

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Table of Contents

Preface

Introduction by John A. Daly

Prologue: The Ancient Games by Robert K. Barney

The Summer Games

Athens 1896 by Joanna Davenport

Paris 1900 by Reet Ann Howell and Max L. Howell

St. Louis 1904 by C. Robert Barnett

Athens 1906 by Karl Lennartz, translated by Stephanie L. Peters and Curtis H. Peters

London 1908 by James R. Coates, Jr.

Stockholm 1912 by Horst Ueberhorst

Berlin 1916 by William Durick

Antwerp 1920 by Roland Renson

Paris 1924 by Paula D. Welch

Amsterdam 1928 by Edward S. Goldstein

Los Angeles 1932 by Doris Pieroth

Berlin 1936 by Dietmar Herz and Angelika Altmann

Tokyo/Helsinki 1940 by Jerry A. Pattengale

London 1944 by Martin J. Manning

London 1948 by Richard A. Voeltz

Helsinki 1952 by Adam R. Hornbuckle

Melbourne 1956 by Ian Jobling

Rome 1960 by Eric Leslie Davies

Tokyo 1964 by Mohammed B. Alam

Mexico City 1968 by Joseph L. Arbena

Munich 1972 by Maynard Brichford

Montreal 1976 by Bruce Kidd

Moscow 1980 by James Riordan

Los Angeles 1984 by Wayne Wilson

Seoul 1988 by Ron Palenski

Barcelona 1992 by Larry Maloney

Atlanta 1996 by Larry Maloney

Sydney 2000 by Max L. Howell

The Winter Games

Chamonix 1924 by Paula D. Welch

St. Moritz 1928 by Donald C. Simmons, Jr.

Lake Placid 1932 by John Fea

Garmisch-Partenkirchen 1936 by Jon W. Stauff

Sapporo/St. Moritz/Garmisch-Partenkirchen 1940 by Swantje Scharenberg

Cortina d'Ampezzo 1944 by Astrid Engelbrecht, translated by Jamey J. Findling

St. Moritz 1948 by Donald C. Simmons, Jr.

Oslo 1952 by Gordon MacDonald and Douglas Brown

Cortina d'Ampezzo 1956 by Allan W. Hall

Squaw Valley 1960 by Tim Ashwell

Innsbruck 1964 by John J. Kennedy,Jr.

Grenoble 1968 by Douglas Brown and Gordon MacDonald

Sapporo 1972 by Donna Addkison-Simmons

Innsbruck 1976 by John J. Kennedy, Jr.

Lake Placid 1980 by John Fea

Sarajevo 1984 by Robert Dunkelberger

Calgary 1988 by K. B. Wamsley

Albertville and Savoie 1992 by Michele Lellouche

Lillehammer 1994 by Larry Maloney

Nagano 1998 by John E. Findling

Appendix A: The International Olympic Committee by Dwight H. Zakus

Appendix A1: Demetrios Vikelas by Kimberly D. Pelle

Appendix A2: Pierre de Coubertin by Ute Schwabe

Appendix A3: Henri de Baillet-Latour by Edward S. Goldstein

Appendix A4: Sigfrid Edstrom by Edward S. Goldstein

Appendix A5: Avery Brundage by Robert K. Barney

Appendix A6: Michael Morris, Lord Killanin by Kathy Nichols

Appendix A7: Juan Antonio Samaranch by John E. Findling

Appendix B: The United States Olympic Committee by Robert P. Watson

Appendix C: Olympic Films

Appendix C1: Olympic Documentary Films by Linda K. Fuller

Appendix C2: Olympic Feature Films by Scott A. G. M. Crawford

General Bibliography

Index

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