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Sport and the British World, 1900-1930: Amateurism and National Identity in Australasia and Beyond (Britain and the World)


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Sport and the British World, 1900-1930 is a ground-breaking transnational study into the way that amateurism in sport was defined in Australia and New Zealand, and the implications that this had on international understandings of Britishness. Australasians selectively applied aspects of dominant English forms of amateurism and contributed to international debates about the nature of sport as a result. They also contributed to understandings of Britishness through their engagement with Britons across the world. The relationship with their counterparts in England was tense, but the Australasians were ultimately unwilling to follow a separate path, while Canada seemed to provide a more hospitable 'British' environment that mixed modern approaches to sport with a specifically British framework. A shared British identity was strong enough to tie Australians and New Zealanders together before World War One, but its removal after the war saw them separate.

About the Author

Erik Nielsen is a historian of the British Empire with a focus on sport and is based at the University of New South Wales, Australia. He has published articles and chapters on track and field athletics, rugby league and Australia's sporting relationship with India. His teaching interests include military history, Australian colonial history and Australia's Asian Context.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction
2. The Commercialisation of Australasian Amateur Athletics
3. The Role of Race and Class in Defining the Australasian Amateur Community
4. 'Imperialism and Nationalism in Action'? Reconfiguring the Athletic Relationship with Britain
5. North American Cousins: Relations with the United States and Canada
6. A Question of Nationalism? The Dissolution of the Australasian Amateur Athletic Relationship

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Nielsen, Erik
Palgrave MacMillan
Australia & Oceania
Europe - Great Britain
Modern - 20th Century
Social history
World History-Australia and New Zealand
Sports and Fitness-Sports General
Britain and the World
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History and Social Science » Economics » General
History and Social Science » Europe » Great Britain » General History
History and Social Science » World History » 1650 to Present
History and Social Science » World History » Australia and New Zealand
History and Social Science » World History » England » General
Sports and Outdoors » Sports and Fitness » Sports General

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