Sports in World History


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.

Additional information

Publisher: Place of publication:
  • New York
Publication year:
  • 2004


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