The Tour de France: A Cultural History / Edition 2

The Tour de France: A Cultural History / Edition 2

by Christopher S. Thompson
     
 

ISBN-10: 0520256301

ISBN-13: 9780520256309

Pub. Date: 04/07/2008

Publisher: University of California Press

In this highly original history of the world's most famous bicycle race, Christopher S. Thompson, mining previously neglected sources and writing with infectious enthusiasm for his subject, tells the compelling story of the Tour de France from its creation in 1903 to the present. Weaving the words of racers, politicians, Tour organizers, and a host of other

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In this highly original history of the world's most famous bicycle race, Christopher S. Thompson, mining previously neglected sources and writing with infectious enthusiasm for his subject, tells the compelling story of the Tour de France from its creation in 1903 to the present. Weaving the words of racers, politicians, Tour organizers, and a host of other commentators together with a wide-ranging analysis of the culture surrounding the event—including posters, songs, novels, films, and media coverage—Thompson links the history of the Tour to key moments and themes in French history. Examining the enduring popularity of Tour racers, Thompson explores how their public images have changed over the past century. A new preface explores the long-standing problem of doping in light of recent scandals.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520256309
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
04/07/2008
Edition description:
Updated with a New Preface
Pages:
406
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Preface to the 2008 Edition     vii
Acknowledgments     xxiii
Introduction     1
La Grande Boucle: Cycling, Progress, and Modernity     7
Itineraries, Narratives, and Identities     51
The Geants de la Route: Gender and Heroism     95
L'Auto's Ouvriers de la Pedale: Work, Class, and the Tour de France, 1903-1939     141
The Forcats de la Route: Exploits, Exploitation, and the Politics of Athletic Excess, 1903-1939     180
What Price Heroism? Work, Sport, and Drugs in Postwar France     215
Epilogue     256
Racers' Occupations     267
Notes     269
Bibliography     345
Index     363

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