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Sport and the British: A Modern History

Richard Holt


This history goes beyond the great names and moments to explain how British sport has changed since 1800, and what it has meant to ordinary people. It shows how the way we play reflects not just our lives as citizens of a predominantly urban and industrial world, but what is especially distinctive about British sport. Innovators in abandoning traditional, often brutal sports, and in establishing a code of ‘fair play’, the British were also pioneers in popular sports and in the promotion of organized spectator events. Modern media coverage of sport, gambling, violence, and attitudes towards it; ... More

Keywords: British sport, ordinary people, citizens, urban, industrial world, fair play, popular sports, organized spectator events, media coverage, gambling

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1990 Print ISBN-13: 9780192852298
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192852298.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Richard Holt, author
University of Stirling