Rugby's Great Split: Class, Culture and the Origins of Rugby League / Edition 2

Rugby's Great Split: Class, Culture and the Origins of Rugby League / Edition 2

by Tony Collins
     
 

ISBN-10: 0415396174

ISBN-13: 9780415396172

Pub. Date: 06/28/2006

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

Since it’s first publication, Rugby’s Great Split has established itself as a classic in the field of sport history. Drawing on an unprecedented range of sources, this deeply researched and highly readable book traces the social, cultural and economic divisions that led, in 1895, to schism in the game of rugby and the creation of rugby league,

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Since it’s first publication, Rugby’s Great Split has established itself as a classic in the field of sport history. Drawing on an unprecedented range of sources, this deeply researched and highly readable book traces the social, cultural and economic divisions that led, in 1895, to schism in the game of rugby and the creation of rugby league, the sport of England’s northern working class.

Tony Collins’ analysis challenges many of the conventional assumptions about this key event in rugby history – about class conflict, amateurism in sport, the North-South divide, violence on the pitch, the development of mass spectator sport and the rise of football. This new edition is expanded to cover parallel events in Australia and New Zealand, and to address the key question of rugby league’s failure to establish itself in Wales.

Rugby’s Great Split is a benchmark text in the history of rugby, and an absorbing case study of wider issues – issues of class, gender, regional and national identity, and the impact of the commercialization and recent professionalization of rugby league. This insightful text is for anyone interested in Britain’s social history or in the emergence of modern sport, it is vital reading.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415396172
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
06/28/2006
Series:
Sport in the Global Society Series
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Series Editor's Foreword
Introduction
1From Folk Football to Civic Pride: Origins to 18791
2The Coming of the Working Class: 1879-188629
3'King Football': 1886-189367
4Schism: 1893-1895112
5The Rise and Decline of the Northern Union: 1895-1905154
6A Revolution in Rugby: 1905-1910196
Conclusion: The Northern Union and Working Class Culture231
Appendix238
Bibliography249
Index264

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