Sports and Games of the 18th and 19th Centuries


"Many of the sports and games played around the world today are rooted in the 18th and 19th centuries. Their histories provide us with insights into the life and times of cultures across the globe. The dominance of Britain as a world power during this time had a particularly powerful effect in sports, as the empire organized many Western sports with specific rules and repressed the traditional sports and games of regions it colonized, such as Africa. The book is divided into seven geopolitical regions: Africa, Asia (including the Middle East), British Isles, Europe, Latin America, North America, and Oceania. Each region opens with an essay placing native sports and games in their political and cultural contexts. Ensuing entries examine the individual sports of the region, including: a detailed history of each sport, instructions for playing the 18th- or 19th-century versions, lists of equipment, alternate rules or variations of the games, and clarifying diagrams." Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Additional information

Publisher: Place of publication:
  • Westport, CT
Publication year:
  • 2003


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