Marrow of the Nation: A History of Sport and Physical Culture in Republican China

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By 1907, staff at the Tianjin YMCA were rallying their Chinese charges with the cry: When will China be able to send a winning athlete to the Olympic contests? When will China be able to invite all the world to Peking for an
International Olympic contest?
Nearly a century later, on the eve of China's first-ever Olympic games, this innovative book shows for the first time how sporting culture and ideology played a crucial role in the making of the modern nation-state in ...

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Overview

By 1907, staff at the Tianjin YMCA were rallying their Chinese charges with the cry: When will China be able to send a winning athlete to the Olympic contests? When will China be able to invite all the world to Peking for an
International Olympic contest?
Nearly a century later, on the eve of China's first-ever Olympic games, this innovative book shows for the first time how sporting culture and ideology played a crucial role in the making of the modern nation-state in Republican China. A landmark work on the history of sport in China, Marrow of the Nation tells the dramatic story of how Olympic-style competitions and ball games, as well as militarized forms of training associated with the West and Japan, were adapted to become an integral part of the modern Chinese experience.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780520240841
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 9/13/2004
  • Series: Asia: Local Studies / Global Themes Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 388
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.13 (d)

Meet the Author

Andrew D. Morris is Associate Professor of History at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.

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Table of Contents

List of Tables
Acknowledgments

Foreword by Joseph Alter

1. introduction

2. “now the fun of exercise can be realized”: from calisthenics and gymnastics ticao to sports tiyu in the 1910s

3. “mind, muscle, and money”: a physical culture for the 1920s

4. nationalism and power in the physical culture of the 1920s

5. “we can also be the controllers and oppressors”: social bodies and national physiques

6. elite competitive sport in the 1930s

7. from martial arts to national skills: the construction of a modern indigenous physical culture, 1912–37

8. tiyu through wartime and “liberation”

Glossary of Names
Glossary of Terms
Notes
Bibliography

Index

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