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Cover -- Sport and International Politics -- Copyright -- Contents -- List of Contributors -- Acknowledgements -- Introduction -- 1. Sport-A Means of National Representation -- Sport and Gymnastics: A Cultural Problem, a Political Alternative -- Effects of Context, Effects of Circumstance -- What Stakes? -- Independence of Sports Powers and Political Powers -- Divisions in Sports Organizations and the Problem of Citizenship -- Sporting Events and Forms of Political Action -- References -- 2. Sport and International Relations Before 1918 -- Beginnings -- Moving from a Local to a National Level -- The Initial Stages of the Internationalization of Sport -- The First National Teams and the First International Matches -- Sport and International Relations: Teething Problems -- Appendix: Prophecies…? -- References -- 3. The 'Nazi Olympics' and the American Boycott Controversy -- References -- 4. The Foreign Office and the Football Association: British Sport and Appeasement, 1935-1938 -- Acknowledgements -- References -- 5. The Sports Policy of the Soviet Union, 1917-1941 -- Promoting Proletarian Internationalism, 1917-28 -- Strengthening the Ussr as a Nation-State, 1928-39 -- Promoting Good-Neighbourly Relations -- Relations with the Axis Powers, 1939-41 -- Some Conclusions -- References -- 6. The Role of Sport in German International Politics, 1918-1945 -- Introduction -- Isolation and International Growth -- Crises and Chances -- A Coordinated Sports Movement -- Fooling the Enemy -- Optimal Preparation -- Approaching War -- International Sport During the Second World War -- Conclusion -- References -- 7. Spanish Sports Policy in Republican and Fascist Spain -- From the First to the Second Republic -- Sport in Franco's Spain -- References -- 8. French Sport and the Emergence of Authoritarian Regimes, 1919-1939 -- The Stadium: A New Battlefield?.
Sport as an Affair of the State -- The Course of Action Taken by the Department of French Ventures Abroad (Sofe) -- The Main Thing Is to Win! -- War and Peace, Suspicion and Exclusion -- The Question of Germany or the Illusions of Pacifism -- Events Held 'In Secret'… -- …and Events Held in Occupied Territories -- National Prestige and the First Incidents -- The Possibility of Peace at the Colombes Stadium -- Games of Victory or Games of Peace -- Gently, but Not Too Gently… -- From Rome to Berlin -- Munich-A Major Sporting City -- Conclusions -- Sources -- References -- 9. Italian Sport and International Relations Under Fascism -- The Golden Age of Physical Education -- Party Control -- Rejection of Competitive Sport -- The 'Carta Dello Sport' -- Change of Direction -- Sport and Diplomacy -- Role of the Mass Media -- Sport and Champions -- New Trends in Sports Policy -- The Final Exaltation of Political Sport -- References -- 10. The Belgian Catholic Gymnastic Movement in Its International Context, 1908-1940 -- Before the First World War -- Interwar Relations with Germany -- Belgium and Orel -- Conclusions -- References -- 11. Between Revolutionary Demands and Diplomatic Necessity: The Uneasy Relationship Between Soviet Sport and Worker and Bourgeois Sport in Europe from 1920 to 1937 -- Introduction -- Training 'Athletes of the Revolution': The Creation of Red Sport International -- The Quest for a Coherent Policy on Sport -- The Relationship with Bourgeois Sport -- Relations with the Lucerne Sport International (1925-1927) -- The Ussr in the International Network of Communist Sport -- 1934: A Change of Direction -- Conclusions -- Sources -- References -- 12. Interwar Sport and Interwar Relations: Some Conclusions -- References -- Index.
Sociology and history of sport is a fast rising subject. There is a growing interest in issues associated with globalization and sport culture across European and North American boundaries. This book fills an important gap. At the forefront of new areas of research in sport studies, it deals with a significant historical period systematically and, above all, internationally. Brought together in a single volume, this work examines the shaping of sport both by the fascist and communist institutions of Europe during the interwar period. It shows how sport was used as an instrument of propaganda and psychological pressure by major political and sporting nations as well as international movements such as the Catholic Church and the International Worker Sport Movement. This volume will be a key reference for researchers and students in sports history, sports sociology, politics and European studies.
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