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Encyclopedia of the modern Olympic movement
Findling, John E.
Publication Information:
Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, [2004]

Physical Description:
xl, 602 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
General Note:
Rev. and expanded ed. of: Historical dictionary of the modern Olympic movement. 1996.
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Historical dictionary of the modern Olympic movement.

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A quaint idea in the 1890s, the Olympic Games are now the foremost sporting event in the world. Information on the winners and medals abounds, but this unique book provides information on the events surrounding the Olympics: political controversies, scandals, tragedies, economic issues, and peripheral incidents. Covering specific games from the 1896 Olympics in Athens to the 2002 games in Salt Lake City, this volume also presents plans for the 2004 Athens games, 2006 Turin games, and the 2008 summer games.

Enhanced with new illustrations, this book includes sections on both the Summer and Winter Games. Chronologically arranged entries cover each of the games, while appendixes provide further information, including details about the Olympic committees. Bibliographic information is provided with the entries, as well as in a general bibliography. A full subject index makes this volume the ideal reference for anyone interested in the colorful history and scope of the Olympics.

Author Notes

JOHN E. FINDLING is Professor of History at Indiana University Southeast. In addition to being the author or editor of many books, he is the coeditor of the two Greenwood series Events That Changed the World and Events That Changed America as well as editor of the Greenwood series Histories of Modern Nations .

KIMBERLY D. PELLE is a counselor in the admissions office at Indiana University Southeast. She is the coauthor/coeditor of the Historical Dictionary of World's Fairs and Expositions (1990) and Fair America .

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

In this, an Olympic year, the Encyclopedia of the Modern Olympic Movement 0 is a timely offering. The text is edited by Findling, a professor of history at Indiana University Southeast, and Pelle, a counselor at the same institution. This work is an update of their Historical Dictionary of the Modern Olympic Movement0 (Greenwood, 1996) and features new material, including articles on the 2002 through 2010 games. As with the 1996 text, the purpose is to examine "the historical context in which the modern Olympic Games have taken place." The volume focuses on the nonathletic facets of the games, including history, finances, and politics. The text contains 55 signed entries ranging from 2 to 14 pages in length. It is divided into two parts, "The Summer Games" and "The Winter Games," and articles are arranged chronologically in each section. The summer games portion begins with a chapter on the classical games and ends with an article on preparations for the 2008 games in Beijing. The section on the winter games commences with "Pre-Olympic Winter Games" and concludes with "Vancouver 2010." Each article ends with a thorough bibliographical essay. Access to articles is aided by a detailed index. In addition to the main text, there are several useful appendixes, among them an extensive general bibliographical essay that contains information on a range of Olympic Games resources, including archival collections, documentary films, and biographies. The encyclopedia presents both the triumphs and debacles of the Olympics. For example, the text discusses Australia's "symbolic highlighting of Aborigines" at the Sydney games and the positive local economic effect of the 1984 games in Los Angeles. The text also explores the "gargantuan extravagances" of the Montreal games and the Salt Lake City bribery scandal. The work will appeal to Olympics enthusiasts who are interested in a behind-the-scenes look at this great sports spectacle, and it is recommended for public and college libraries. -- RBB Copyright 2004 Booklist

Choice Review

The Olympic Games are more than the premiere sporting competition for the athletes of the world. This volume provides an excellent place to research the history, politics, scandals, tragedies, finances, and immense work involved in putting on summer and winter games. Covering past Olympic Games since 1896 plus the upcoming games in Athens (2004), Torino (2006), Beijing (2008), and Vancouver (2010), this encyclopedia provides a wealth of knowledge about the challenges--past, present and future--of hosting the Olympic Games. Athens will host the first games of the 21st century amidst increasing fears of terrorism and the ever-mounting costs of security. For the first time in Olympic history the IOC (International Olympic Committee) has taken out a $170 million policy to protect against the cancellation of the games because of war, terrorism, or earthquakes. This source is intended for extensive research on the Olympics and is not a fact finder about who won which medal. It is enhanced by illustrations, bibliographical essays, informative appendixes listing such things as Internet sources and biographies of IOC presidents, and a general bibliography describing major archival collections and Olympic films. ^BSumming Up: Recommended. All collections. D. J. Turner Auraria Library

Table of Contents

IntroductionJohn A. Daly
Prologue: The Ancient GamesRobert K. Barney
The Summer Games Pre-Olympic Summer GamesJoachim Ruehl
Athens 1896Karl Lennartz and Stephen Wassong
Paris 1900Andre Drevon
St. Louis 1904C. Robert Barnett
Athens 1906Bill Mallon
London 1908John Nauright
Stockholm 1912Ulf Hamilton
Berlin 1916William Durick
Antwerp 1920Roland Renson
Paris 1924Mark Dyreson
Amsterdam 1928Edward S. Goldstein
Los Angeles 1932Doris Pieroth
Berlin 1936Annette Hofmann and Michael Kruger
Tokyo 1940Sandra Collins
London 1944Martin Manning
London 1948Norman Baker
Helsinki 1952Ingmar Bjorkman
Melbourne 1956Ian Jobling
Rome 1960Floris van der Merwe
Tokyo 1964John Slater
Mexico City 1968Joseph L. Arbena
Munich 1972Maynard Brichford
Montreal 1976Bruce Kidd
Moscow 1980James Riordan
Los Angeles 1984Wayne Wilson
Seoul 1988Ron Palenski
Barcelona 1992Miquel de Moragas
Atlanta 1996Larry Maloney
Sydney 2000Richard Cashman
Athens 2004Christine Sell
Beijing 2008Ying WuShanley
The Winter Games Pre-Olympic Winter GamesYves Morales
Chamonix 1924Paula D. Welch
St. Moritz 1928Susan Saint
Sing Lake Placid 1932John Fea
Garmisch-Partenkirchen 1936Jon W. Stauff
Sapporo 1940Swantje Scharenberg
Cortina d'Ampezzo 1944Astrid Engelbrecht
St. Moritz 1948Janice Forsyth
Oslo 1952Gordon MacDonald and Douglas Brown
Cortina d'Ampezzo 1956Jom Nendel
Squaw Valley 1960Tim Ashwell
Innsbruck 1964Carly Adams
Grenoble 1968Douglas Brown and Gordon MacDonald
Sapporo 1972Junko Tahara
Innsbruck 1976John J. Kennedy Jr.
Lake Placid 1980Harold Wilson
Sarajevo 1984Robert Dunkelberger
Calgary 1988Kevin B. Wamsley
Albertville 1992Michelle Lellouche
Lillehammer 1994Larry Maloney
Nagano 1998Naofumo Masumoto
Salt Lake City 2002Lex Hemphil
Torino 2006John E. Findling
Appendix A The International Olympic CommitteeDwight H. Zakus
Appendix B The U.S. Olympic CommitteeRobert P. Watson
Appendix C The Olympics and TelevisionStephen R. Wenn
Appendix D Olympic Feature FilmsScott A.G.M. Crawford
Appendix E Electronic Sources for Olympic ResearchScott G. Martyn
General Bibliography
About the Editors and Contributors