A great depression, worsening Anglo-Australian relations, the declining British Empire and the challenge from an Australia striving to find a national identity are the context which explain bodyline and its repercussions. Bodyline was a watershed in the history of cricket and politics were publicly seen as part of sport. This book offers a radical reappraisal of bodyline which challenges the official interpretations of the events, and places them in a unique social and political context.
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Table of Contents
Introduction. 1. The Bodyline Story 2. The Empire of Cricket 3. A Rift in Anglo-Australian Relations 4. The English Response 5. Political Consequences in Australia 6. The Aftermath. Conclusion.