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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

Sport and Politics in Modern Britain

The Road to 2012

ISBN 9780230291867
Publication Date August 2012
Formats Hardcover Ebook (PDF) Paperback 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan
Series British Studies Series

Sport has a huge social and cultural significance in contemporary Britain. This insightful study provides the first exploration of the causes and consequences of the increased interaction between sport and the state since 1945.

Kevin Jefferys sets policy towards sport within the evolving socio-political context of post-war Britain and balances an appreciation of continuity and change from the 'austerity Games' of 1948 through to the multi-billion pound extravaganza of the London 2012 Olympics. Ideal for students, historians, social scientists and sport enthusiasts alike, Sport and Politics in Modern Britain provides the fullest assessment yet of this important topic, bringing sport sharply into focus as a contested domain in public and political debate.

  • Winner of the Lord Aberdare Prize For Sport History 2013
  • Winner of the Lord Aberdare Sports History Prize

KEVIN JEFFERYS Professor of Contemporary History at Plymouth University, UK. His publications include works of political history such as Retreat from New Jerusalem: British Politics, 1951-1964 (in the British Studies series), and he has also published articles on sporting themes in the journals Sport in History and the International Journal of the History of Sport.

Sport and Politics in Austerity Britain, 1945-51
Britain in the World of Sport,1951-59
The Impact of the Wolfenden Report, 1960-64
Creating and Running the Sports Council, 1964-67
'Ballyhoo' about Sport in the Late 1960s
Battling for 'Sport and Recreation' in the 1970s
The Olympics and International Sport
The 1980s: 'Years of Concern'
Raising the Game, 1990-97
Regions and Localities
New Labour and Sport, 1997-2010
Epilogue: Towards 2012
Chronology of Main Events
Select Bibliography


Winner of the Lord Aberdare Prize for Sport History 2013
'A timely and impressive book that will become essential reading on many Sport History and British Politics courses.' - Martin Polley, University of Southampton, UK
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