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Sports and games of the 18th and 19th centuries
Crego, Robert, 1961-
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Publication Information:
Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 2003.
Physical Description:
viii, 274 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.
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GV576 .C74 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area
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Many of the sports and games played around the world today have their roots in the 18th and 19th centuries. Their history, detailed in Sports and Games of the 18th and 19th Centuries , provides us with an insight 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 it organized many Western sports with specific rules, and repressed the traditional sports and games of regions it colonized such as Africa. Rules and equipment for all of the sports and games of this time period, along with diagrams, are included.

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 sports and games from that area in their political and cultural context. Following the essay are entries on each individual sport. After a description of the history of the sport, detailed instructions for playing the 18th or 19th century version of the sport follow. A list of equipment is provided, and any alternate rules or variations of the game are also given. As part of the Sports and Games Through History series, this volume will appeal to students as well as sports, history, and cultural enthusiasts of all ages.

Author Notes

ROBERT CREGO is an accomplished sportswriter and long distance runner. This is his first book.

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Booklist Review

Following Sports and Games of Medieval Cultures RBB N 1 02 and Sports and Games of the Ancients RBB Ja 1 & 15 03, this volume in the Sports and Games Through History series covers Asian karate and kite flying, British horseracing, American softball, and more. -- RBB Copyright 2003 Booklist

Choice Review

Crego presents an informative overview of 18th- and 19th-century sports and games in seven geopolitical world regions. Industrialization, with its emphasis on free enterprise and competition, evolved during this period. The author examines the most popular regional sporting activities as to their historical origin and cultural factors of motivation for play and accompanying symbolic values. Crego contends that Britain exemplified political and economic power, and through its colonization efforts played a major role in promoting British sports and games throughout various regions while often suppressing local traditional sports. One-third of the activities Crego discusses were tied to Britain, which provides evidence of Crego's thesis. Not only did the British formalize many sports through the creation of a uniform set of rules to govern play, but they also promoted the concepts of winners/losers, sportsmanship and fair play, amateurism, professional associations for workers, spectator gambling on sport events, and female participation in selected sports for developing good health for the women and future Britishers. Crego presents rules of the games and equipment requisite for play, providing readers with the opportunity to re-create the regional sports. A splendid read! ^BSumming Up: Highly recommended. Lower-division undergraduates through faculty and professionals. E. English St. Bonaventure University

Table of Contents

Andrew Leibs
Series Forewordp. vii
Introductionp. 1
Africap. 5
Asiap. 11
British Islesp. 43
Europep. 129
Latin Americap. 187
North Americap. 193
Oceaniap. 237
Bibliographyp. 257
Indexp. 263