Cricket and community in England: 1800 to the present day is a path-breaking inquiry into the social history of the summer game.
It is written by two specialist cricket historians and based on extensive primary research. It traces the history of the sport at grassroots level from its origins right up to the present day. It will appeal to the cricket historian and the general sports enthusiast alike.
The book provides readers with an accessible introduction to the history of grassroots cricket in England and supplies a clear overview of the different phases of this history.
The structure of book is chronological but also thematic. The analysis begins in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries with an inquiry into the nature of early sport and early cricket. It goes on to investigate the formation of the first cricket clubs and the issue of competition, before assessing the concept of the challenge match and evaluating how such events contributed to the early development of the sport. Moving into the twentieth century the book investigates the significance of the two world wars for the development of cricket and examines a range of issues in the post-war era, including multiculturalism in the grassroots game, the role of women, equipment and junior cricket.
|Publisher:||Manchester University Press|
|Product dimensions:||6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.80(d)|
About the Author
Peter Davies is former Lecturer in History at the University of Huddersfield.