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Routledge Research in Sports History

The Routledge Research in Sports History series presents leading research in the development and historical significance of modern sport through a collection of historiographical, regional and thematic studies which span a variety of periods, sports and geographical areas. Showcasing ground-breaking, cross-disciplinary work from established and emerging sport historians, the series provides a crucial contribution to the wider study of sport and society. 

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  1. Taekwondo

    From a Martial Art to a Martial Sport

    By Udo Moenig

    Series: Routledge Research in Sports History

    This book provides a comprehensive overview of the historical, political, and technical evolution of taekwondo. Many of the supposedly ‘traditional’ and ‘ancient’ Korean cultural elements attached to taekwondo are, in fact, remnants of East Asia’s modernization drive, and largely inherited from the...

    Published April 13th 2015 by Routledge

  2. Association Football

    A Study in Figurational Sociology

    By Graham Curry, Eric Dunning

    Series: Routledge Research in Sports History

    This book presents a synthesis of the work on early football undertaken by the authors over the past two decades. It explores aspects of a figurational approach to sociology to examine the early development of football rules in the middle part of the nineteenth century. The book tests Dunning’s...

    Published March 16th 2015 by Routledge

  3. A Social History of Tennis in Britain

    By Robert J. Lake

    Series: Routledge Research in Sports History

    From its advent in the mid-late nineteenth century as a garden-party pastime to its development into a highly commercialised and professionalised high-performance sport, the history of tennis in Britain reflects important themes in Britain’s social history. In the first comprehensive and critical...

    Published October 8th 2014 by Routledge

  4. Physical Culture and Sport in Soviet Society

    Propaganda, Acculturation, and Transformation in the 1920s and 1930s

    By Susan Grant

    Series: Routledge Research in Sports History

    From its very inception the Soviet state valued the merits and benefits of physical culture, which included not only sport but also health, hygiene, education, labour and defence. Physical culture propaganda was directed at the Soviet population, and even more particularly at young people, women...

    Published June 2nd 2014 by Routledge

  5. Making Sport History

    Disciplines, identities and the historiography of sport

    Edited by Pascal Delheye

    Series: Routledge Research in Sports History

    The field of sport history is a relatively new research domain, situated at the intersection of a number of disciplines and sub-disciplines. This interdisciplinarity has created interesting avenues for growth and fresh thinking but also inherent problems of coherence and identity. Making Sport...

    Published May 19th 2014 by Routledge

  6. A Contemporary History of Women's Sport, Part One

    Sporting Women, 1850-1960

    By Jean Williams

    Series: Routledge Research in Sports History

    This book is an historical survey of women’s sport from 1850-1960. It looks at some of the more recent methodological approaches to writing sports history and raises questions about how the history of women’s sport has so far been shaped by academic writers. Questions explored in this...

    Published April 2nd 2014 by Routledge

  7. Representing the Sporting Past in Museums and Halls of Fame

    Edited by Murray G. Phillips

    Series: Routledge Research in Sports History

    We live in a "museum age," and sport museums are part of this phenomenon. In this book, leading international sport history scholars examine sport museums including renowned institutions like the Olympic Museum in the Swiss city of Lausanne, the Babe Ruth Birthplace and Museum in Baltimore, the...

    Published September 20th 2013 by Routledge

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Forthcoming Books

  1. The Black Press and Black Baseball, 1915-1955: A Devil’s Bargain
    By Brian Carroll
    To Be Published July 29th 2015
  2. Football and Literature in South America
    By David Wood
    To Be Published March 30th 2016

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