Myths and Milestones in the History of Sport

Author: S. Wagg
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 9780230320819
Release Date: 2011-11-29
Genre: History

The conventional history of sport, as conveyed by television and the sports press, has thrown up a great many apparent turning points, but knowledge of these apparently defining moments is often slight. This book offers readable, in-depth studies of a series of these watersheds in sport history and of the circumstances in which they came about.

New Directions in Sport History

Author: Duncan Stone
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 9781317525660
Release Date: 2017-10-02
Genre: Sports & Recreation

Emerging from the ‘history from below’ movement, sport history was marginalised for decades by those working within more traditional historical fields (and institutions). Although a degree of ignorance still exists, sport history has now acquired a level of credibility through the dedicated work of professional historians. And yet, as this authority has been established, changes to UK higher education funding (the removal of direct state funding, the Research Excellence Framework, and tuition fees) and academic publishing (open access) have the potential to damage, or even end, sports research. This book examines sport history from a variety of perspectives. Do mainstream historians need to engage, or ‘play’, with sports historians? Has the postmodernist ‘cultural turn’ in sports history been helpful to the sub-discipline? How can the teaching of sports studies be more innovative and inspiring? How can oral history and sport history be utilised in the study of other branches of historical interest. Although changes are required in dealing with the current political reality of UK higher education, sport history still has a great deal to offer students, future employers and the public alike. This book was originally published as a special issue of the International Journal of the History of Sport.

Floodlights and Touchlines A History of Spectator Sport

Author: Rob Steen
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN: 9781408181362
Release Date: 2014-06-26
Genre: Sports & Recreation

Shortlisted for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award 2014 Spectator sport is living, breathing, non-stop theatre for all. Focusing on spectator sports and their accompanying issues, tracing their origins, evolution and impact, inside the lines and beyond the boundary, this book offers a thematic history of professional sport and the ingredients that magnetise millions around the globe. It tells the stories that matter: from the gladiators of Rome to the runners of Rift Valley via the innovator-missionaries of Rugby School; from multi-faceted British exports to the Americanisation of professionalism and the Indianisation of cricket. Rob Steen traces the development of these sports which captivate the turnstile millions and the mouse-clicking masses, addressing their key themes and commonalities, from creation myths to match fixing via race, politics, sexuality and internationalism. Insightful and revelatory, this is an entertaining exploration of spectator sports' intrinsic place in culture and how sport imitates life ? and life imitates sport.

Japan s Modern Myths

Author: Carol Gluck
Publisher: Princeton University Press
ISBN: 0691008124
Release Date: 1985
Genre: History

Ideology played a momentous role in modern Japanese history. Not only did the elite of imperial Japan (1890-1945) work hard to influence the people to "yield as the grasses before the wind," but historians of modern Japan later identified these efforts as one of the underlying pathologies of World War II. Available for the first time in paperback, this study examines how this ideology evolved. Carol Gluck argues that the process of formulating and communicating new national values was less consistent than is usually supposed. By immersing the reader in the talk and thought of the late Meiji period, Professor Gluck recreates the diversity of ideological discourse experienced by Japanese of the time. The result is a new interpretation of the views of politics and the nation in imperial Japan.

100 Myths about the Middle East

Author: Fred Halliday
Publisher: Univ of California Press
ISBN: 0520247213
Release Date: 2005
Genre: Social Science

One hundred of the most common cliches and mistakenly held beliefs about the Middle East are debunked in this examination that illuminates the core of each issue in a straightforward and simple way. Simultaneous.

Common Culture

Author: Michael Petracca
Publisher: Longman Publishing Group
ISBN: 0205171788
Release Date: 2011-07-22
Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines

This popular culture reader helps students develop critical and analytical skills and write clear prose while immersing themselves in subjects they find interesting: advertising, television, popular music, technology, sports, and movies.

Homo Necans

Author: Walter Burkert
Publisher: Univ of California Press
ISBN: 0520058755
Release Date: 1983
Genre: History

"A milestone, not only in the field of classics but in the wider field of the history of religion. . . . It will find a place alongside the works of Jane Ellen Harrison, Sir James George Frazer, Claude Levi-Strauss, and van Gennep."--Wendy Flaherty, Divinity School, University of Chicago "This book is a professional classic, an absolute must for any serious student of Greek religion."--Albert Henrichs, Harvard University


Author: George Vecsey
Publisher: Modern Library
ISBN: 9780307494061
Release Date: 2008-12-24
Genre: Sports & Recreation

“Football is force and fanatics, basketball is beauty and bounce. Baseball is everything: action, grace, the seasons of our lives. George Vecsey’s book proves it, without wasting a word.” –Lee Eisenberg, author of The Number In Baseball, one of the great bards of America’s Grand Old Game gives a rousing account of the sport, from its pre-Republic roots to the present day. George Vecsey casts a fresh eye on the game, illuminates its foibles and triumphs, and performs a marvelous feat: making a classic story seem refreshingly new. Baseball is a narrative of America’s can-do spirit, in which stalwart immigrants such as Henry Chadwick could transplant cricket and rounders into the fertile American culture and in which die-hard unionist baseballers such as Charles Comiskey and Connie Mack could eventually become the tightfisted avatars of the game’s big-money establishment. It’s a celebration of such underdogs as a rag-armed catcher turned owner named Branch Rickey and a sure-handed fielder named Curt Flood, both of whom flourished as true great men of history. But most of all, Baseball is a testament to the unbreakable bond between our nation’s pastime and the fans, who’ve remained loyal through the fifty-year-long interdict on black athletes, the Black Sox scandal, franchise relocation, and the use of performance-enhancing drugs by some major stars. Reverent, playful, and filled with Vecsey’s charm, Baseball begs to be read in the span of a rain-delayed doubleheader, and so enjoyable that, like a favorite team’s championship run, one hopes it never ends. “Vecsey possesses a journalist’s eye for detail and a historian’s feel for the sweep of action. His research is scrupulous and his writing crisp. This book is an instant classic—— a highly readable guide to America’s great enduring pastime.” — The Louisville Courier Journal From the Hardcover edition.

Evolution Creationism and Other Modern Myths

Author: Vine Deloria, Jr.
Publisher: Fulcrum Publishing
ISBN: 9781682751329
Release Date: 2016-12-01
Genre: Philosophy

Using the tension between evolutionists and creationists in Kansas in the late 1990s as a focal point, Deloria takes Western science and religion to task, providing a critical assessment of the flaws and anomalies in each side's arguments.

New Testament Mythology and Other Basic Writings

Author: Rudolf Bultmann
Publisher: Fortress Press
ISBN: 1451417888
Release Date: 1989
Genre: Religion

Aside from the fact that it is perhaps the single most discussed and controversial theological writing of the century, no one knowledgeable of Bultmann's work could doubt its basic importance for his entire contribution. Although the position is for which it argues was hardly new, having already taken shape in several of his theological essays written during the 1920s, it is nevertheless the classic formulation of this position and as such incomparable in the Bultmann corpus.

Porsche Milestones

Author: teNeues
Publisher: teNeues
ISBN: 396171021X
Release Date: 2017-09-15

Porsche's enduring influence on automobile history: from the legendary "ducktail" to the thrilling Panamera A book which is as dynamic as the brand: experts deepen knowledge, amateurs learn more

Ritual and Mythology of the Chinese Triads

Author: B. J. Ter Haar
Publisher: BRILL
ISBN: 9004119442
Release Date: 2000-01-01
Genre: Religion

This new paperback title in Brill s Scholars List presents a thorough investigation into the phenomenon of the Chinese Triads, their ritual and mythological lore, and their meanings and functions. On the foundations of a wide variety of primary and secondary sources, among which also recent Chinese scholarship, the author interprets Triad myth and ritual in their Chinese religious context.

Myth and Archive

Author: Roberto González Echevarría
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 0521023998
Release Date: 2006-02-13
Genre: Literary Criticism

Myth and Archive offers a new theory about the origin and evolution of the Latin American narrative, and about the emergence of the modern novel. Instead of following the traditional categories set up by literary history, Professor González Echevarría explores the relationship of the narrative to the language of authority: the law in the colonial period, science in the nineteenth century, and anthropology in the twentieth century. The book contains readings of major works in the tradition such as Garcilaso el Inca's Comentarios reales, Sarmiento's Facundo, Carpentier's Los pasos perdidos, and García Marquez's Cien años de soledad.


Author: Daniel M. Rosen
Publisher: ABC-CLIO
ISBN: 9780313345203
Release Date: 2008
Genre: Self-Help

This book chronicles the types and advances in doping techniques used by amateur and professional athletes over the last century. As modern medicine and technology have evolved, the drugs and techniques used to boost athletic performance have evolved along similar lines.

Ancient Mesopotamian Religion and Mythology

Author: W.G. Lambert
Publisher: Mohr Siebeck
ISBN: 3161536746
Release Date: 2016-03-17
Genre: Religion

The late Wilfred G. Lambert (1926-2011) was one of the foremost Assyriologists of the latter part of the twentieth century. His principle legacy is a large number of superb critical editions of Babylonian literary compositions. Many of the texts he edited were on religious and mythological subjects. He will always be remembered as the editor of the Babylonian Job (Ludlul bel nemeqi, also known as the Poem of the Righteous Sufferer), the Babylonian Flood Story (Atra-hasis) and the Babylonian Creation Epic (Enuma elish). The present book is a collection of twenty-three essays Lambert published between the years 1958 and 2004. These endure not only as the legacy of one of the greatest authorities on ancient Mesopotamian religion and mythology, but also because each makes statements of considerable validity and importance. As such, many are milestones in the fields of Mesopotamian religion and mythology.