Reformers, Sport, Modernizers: Middle-class Revolutionaries / Edition 1 available in Hardcover
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A record of the role of selected middle-class individuals across Europe who made notable contributions to the early evolution of modern sport and who saw success in modern sport as an expression of human qualities to be admired, applauded and encouraged. They viewed sport, sometimes self-interestedly but not always self-interestedly, as a medium of personal, collective and national virtue. It is the first general consideration of a selection of these innovatory pioneers and proselytisers who placed Europe at the forefront of major developments in contemporary world'sport - now a phenomenon of global significance.
Table of ContentsPrologue: middle-class "Missionaries" in pursuit of physical, moral, political and social health, J.A. Mangan; the living legacy - classical sport and 19th-century middle-class commentators of the German-speaking nations, Ingomar Weiler; a tranquil transformation - middle-class racing "Revolutionaries" in 19th-century England, Mike Huggins; unrecognized middle-class revolutionary? Michael Cusack and cultural change in 19th-century Ireland, Joseph M. Bradley; missing middle-class dimensions - elementary schools, imperialism and athleticism, J.A. Mangan and Colm Hickey; mostly middle class - the European fin de siecle cycling obsession with speed, distance and records, Andrew Ritchie and Rudiger Rabenstein; "Golden Boys" of playingfield and battlefield - celebrating heroes - "Lost" middle-class women versifiers of the Great War J.A. Mangan; modernizing Bulgaria: Todor Youchev - middle-class patriot and the assertion of a nation, Vassil Girginov and Lozan Mitev; radical conservatives! middle-class masculinity, the Shikar Club and big game hunting, J.A. Mangan and Callum McKenzie; a dark "Prince" of Denmark?, Neils Bukh, 20th-century middle-class propagandist, Hans Bonde. Epilogue: J.A. Mangan