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This engaging and informative text will hold the attention of students and scholars as they take a journey through time to understand the role that history and philosophy have played in shaping the course of sport and physical education in Western and selected non-Western civilizations. From Mesoamerica and Ancient Greece to the 2008 Olympic Games, the book touches on religion, politics, social movements, and individuals as they contributed to the development of sport and physical education. An extensive array of pedagogical tools—including timelines, comprehensive lists of chapter objectives, suggested websites, and discussion questions—aids the learning experience.
Section I Ancient Civilizations1. History and Philosophy in Sport and Physical Education2. Sumer, Egypt, China, and Mesoamerica3. Greece4. RomeSection II From the Spiritual World to the Secular World: Changing Concepts of the Body5. Philosophy, Sport, and Physical Education During the Middle Ages: 900-14006. The Renaissance and the Reformation: 1300-16007. The Age of Science and the Enlightenment: 1560-17898. Philosophical Positions of the Body and the Development of Physical Education: Contributions of the Germans, Swedes, and Danes in Nineteenth-Century EuropeSection III The Theoretical and Professional Development of American Physical Education9. The Impact of Science and the Concepts of Health on the Theoretical and Professional Development of Physical Education, 1885-193010. The Transformation of Physical Education: 1900-1939Section IV Historical and Philosophical Development of Sport in America11. Sport in the Colonial Period12. Changing Concepts of the Body: An Overview of Sport and Play in Nineteenth-Century America13. Sport in the Twentieth CenturySection V A Social and Political History of the Modern Olympic Games14. Pioneers and Progress: 1896-193615. The Cold War Olympics: 1948-198816. After the Cold War: 1992-2008