Sport in Wales


A History of Sport in Wales is the latest volume in the successful Pocket Guide series. It 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. The author looks at sport and games during the emergent phase of industrialization and explains how wider social and economic change was key to laying the foundations of modern sport. He investigates the emergence of modern organized sport in the late Victorian and Edwardian periods and charts the role immigration played in introducing new sports to Wales. Johnes also shows how sport played a key part in binding together the new industrial communities and forging a wider popular sense of Welsh nationhood. During the period from the 1920s to the 1950s there was a growing commercialization of sport which did nothing to diminish the thriving playing culture. The author then explores the professional era from the 1950s to the modern day and the dominance of television.

Additional information

Publisher: Place of publication:
  • Cardiff, Wales
Publication year:
  • 2005


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