Sports in World History

1st Edition

David G. McComb

Routledge
Published September 2, 2004
Reference - 136 Pages
ISBN 9780415318129 - CAT# RU26699
Series: Themes in World History

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Summary

This lively and clear survey provides a wide-ranging overview of the history of modern sports, covering such topics as:

  • why human beings are athletes
  • how the major modern sports came about and how they spread throughout the world with the help of enthusiastic individuals, sports organizations, the YMCA and the Olympic movement
  • discussions of some of the most popular of the 300 modern world sports including: soccer, basketball, baseball, cricket, table tennis, tennis, Formula One racing, golf, swimming, skiing, volleyball, track and field, boxing, judo and cycling
  • the history of both western and non-western sports in depth, as well as the increasing globalization of sports today
  • the challenges facing the world of sports today, such as commercialization and the use of performance-enhancing drugs.

Sports historians and cultural studies students will all find this book gives a fascinating and invaluable insight into the world of sport through history.

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