The Tour de France: A Cultural History / Edition 2

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Overview


"Shows that sport has been for us moderns the ultimate tabula rasa into which we pour our hopes, fears, prejudices and self-interest."—Robert A. Nye, author of Crime, Madness, & Politics in Modern France and Masculinity and Male Codes of Honor in Modern France

"Chris Thompson has written an engaging, nicely-paced account of France's world-famous cycle race: his writing is lively and full of detail and excitement. But he has done much more than simply narrate the story of the Tour. His book sets the race—its history, its participants and its meaning—firmly in its shifting national and cultural contexts. The sections dealing with professional cycling as a form of labor and with the Tour's place in France's troubled twentieth century are absolutely first-rate: insightful and original. This is the best history of the Tour that we have and are likely to have for many years, a work of scholarship that deserves to find a broad general readership."—Tony Judt, author of Postwar: A History of Europe Since 1945

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Editorial Reviews

//Inrng: The Inner Ring

“There are several books to tell you who first won the yellow jersey or the identity of the youngest post-war winner of the Tour de France, the kind you might receive as a gift. This is sort of book you’d buy for yourself.”
Podium Cafe

“This book is filled fascinating material. . . . Thompson has made a great deal of sense out of this complicated story.”
The Bike Blog-Albany Times Union

“A comprehensive history of France from the race’s inception, long before Greg LeMond or Lance Armstrong were born.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780520256309
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 4/7/2008
  • Edition description: Updated
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 406
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author


Christopher S. Thompson is Associate Professor of History at Ball State University.
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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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