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The History of Sport in Wales

The Pocket Guide

By (author) Martin Johnes
Format: Paperback
Publisher: University of Wales Press, Wales, United Kingdom
Published: 8th Nov 2005
Dimensions: w 112mm h 177mm d 13mm
Weight: 227g
ISBN-10: 0708319467
ISBN-13: 9780708319468
Barcode No: 9780708319468
Sport in Wales is a brand new Pocket Guide which charts the concise history of sport in Wales since 1800. The book locates the character and structure of sport within the wider social, political and economic context that shaped it. Chapter 1: Explores sport and games during the emergent phase of industrialisation. It explains how wider social and economic change was key to laying the foundations of modern sport. Chapter 2: Investigates the emergence of modern organised sport in the late Victorian and Edwardian periods. It explores the role immigration played in introducing new sports to Wales and argues that sport played a key part in binding together the new industrial communities and forging a wider popular sense of Welsh nationhood. Chapter 3: Traces the period from the 1920s to the 1950s, showing the growing commercialisation of sport, which did nothing to diminish the thriving playing culture. Chapter 4: Explores the professional era from the 1950s to the modern day and the dominance of television.

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'This overview of sport in Wales is a valuable and most welcome addition to the 'Pocket Guide' series and succeeds in being both readable and thought-provoking...The strength of the volume is the author's ability to contextualize sport with reference to the political, social, economic and cultural history of Wales...provides a valuable discussion of the role of sport in 'forging a wider popular sense of Welsh nationhood' It is a remarkable and admirable achievement'. Planet