The Olympics

Traces the history of the modern Olympics from 1896 to 2000, contrasting the ideal of the game with the often politicized reality.

Author: Allen Guttmann

Publisher: University of Illinois Press

ISBN: 9780252070464

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 214

View: 512

Traces the history of the modern Olympics from 1896 to 2000, contrasting the ideal of the game with the often politicized reality.

The Official History of the Olympic Games and the IOC

The story of the re-creation of the Olympic Games by Pierre de Coubertin, of the often controversial fortunes of the governing body, together with the highs and lows of the Olympics themselves.

Author: David Miller

Publisher: Mainstream Publishing

ISBN:

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 592

View: 946

The dramatic account of the dual history of the worlds foremost sporting spectacle. The story of the re-creation of the Olympic Games by Pierre de Coubertin, of the often controversial fortunes of the governing body, together with the highs and lows of the Olympics themselves.

The Olympics a History of the Modern Games

Looks at the political, economic, and social significance of the modern Olympic games, and recounts how nations have tried to exploit the games

Author: Allen Guttmann

Publisher: Urbana [Ill.] : University of Illinois Press

ISBN:

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 191

View: 978

Looks at the political, economic, and social significance of the modern Olympic games, and recounts how nations have tried to exploit the games

An Approved History of the Olympic Games

Traces the history and development of the Olympic games and includes the complete record for each Olympiad through the 1976 Winter Games.

Author: William Mellors Henry

Publisher: Penguin Adult HC/TR

ISBN:

Category: Olympics

Page: 415

View: 498

Traces the history and development of the Olympic games and includes the complete record for each Olympiad through the 1976 Winter Games.

A Brief History of the Olympic Games

For more than a millennium, the ancient Olympics captured the imaginations of the Greeks, until a Christianized Rome terminated the competitions in the fourth century AD. But the Olympic ideal did not die and this book is a succinct history ...

Author: David C. Young

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 0470777753

Category: History

Page: 200

View: 674

For more than a millennium, the ancient Olympics captured the imaginations of the Greeks, until a Christianized Rome terminated the competitions in the fourth century AD. But the Olympic ideal did not die and this book is a succinct history of the ancient Olympics and their modern resurgence. Classics professor David Young, who has researched the subject for over 25 years, reveals how the ancient Olympics evolved from modest beginnings into a grand festival, attracting hundreds of highly trained athletes, tens of thousands of spectators, and the finest artists and poets.

The Games A Global History of the Olympics

Goldblatt brilliantly traces their history from the reinvention of the Games in Athens in 1896 to Rio in 2016, revealing how the Olympics developed into a global colossus and highlighting how they have been buffeted by (and affected by) ...

Author: David Goldblatt

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 0393254119

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 464

View: 786

“A people’s history of the Olympics.”—New York Times Book Review A Boston Globe Best Book of the Year A Kirkus Reviews Best Nonfiction Book of the Year The Games is best-selling sportswriter David Goldblatt’s sweeping, definitive history of the modern Olympics. Goldblatt brilliantly traces their history from the reinvention of the Games in Athens in 1896 to Rio in 2016, revealing how the Olympics developed into a global colossus and highlighting how they have been buffeted by (and affected by) domestic and international conflicts. Along the way, Goldblatt reveals the origins of beloved Olympic traditions (winners’ medals, the torch relay, the eternal flame) and popular events (gymnastics, alpine skiing, the marathon). And he delivers memorable portraits of Olympic icons from Jesse Owens to Nadia Comaneci, the Dream Team to Usain Bolt.

Onward to the Olympics

Historical Perspectives on the Olympic Games Gerald P. Schaus, Stephen R.
Wenn. friendly intermingling of athletic contingents from every corner of the globe
at the close of the Games, reflected Coubertin's hopes. So Dyreson posed the ...

Author: Gerald P. Schaus

Publisher: Wilfrid Laurier Univ. Press

ISBN: 1554587794

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 408

View: 818

The Olympic Games have had two lives—the first lasted for a millennium with celebrations every four years at Olympia to honour the god Zeus. The second has blossomed over the past century, from a simple start in Athens in 1896 to a dazzling return to Greece in 2004. Onward to the Olympics provides both an overview and an array of insights into aspects of the Games’ history. Leading North American archaeologists and historians of sport explore the origins of the Games, compare the ancient and the modern, discuss the organization and financing of such massive athletic festivals, and examine the participation ,or the troubling lack of it, by women. Onward to the Olympics bridges the historical divide between the ancient and the modern and concludes with a thought-provoking final essay that attempts to predict the future of the Olympics over the twenty-first century.

Historical Dictionary of the Olympic Movement

This fifth edition of Historical Dictionary of The Olympic Movement covers its history through a chronology, an introductory essay, appendixes, and an extensive bibliography.

Author: John Grasso

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 1442248602

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 906

View: 814

The Olympic Movement began with the Ancient Olympic Games, which were held in Greece on the Peloponnesus peninsula at Olympia, Greece. It is not clear why the Greeks instituted this quadrennial celebration in the form of an athletic festival. The recorded history of the Ancient Olympic Games begins in 776 B.C., although it is suspected that the Games had been held for several centuries by that time. The Games were conducted as religious celebrations in honor of the god Zeus, and it is known that Olympia was a shrine to Zeus from about 1000 B.C. In modern time The Olympic Movement attempts to bring all the nations of the world together in a series of multisport festivals, the Olympic Games, seeking to use sport as a means to promote internationalism and peace. This fifth edition of Historical Dictionary of The Olympic Movement covers its history through a chronology, an introductory essay, appendixes, and an extensive bibliography. The dictionary section has over 1000 cross-referenced entries on the history, philosophy, and politics of the Olympics, major organizations, the various sports, the participating countries, and especially the athletes. This book is an excellent access point for students, researchers, and anyone wanting to know more about The Olympic Movement.

Historical Dictionary of the Modern Olympic Movement

A unique guide to events, controversies, and political and economic issues surrounding the Olympics.

Author: Kimberly Pelle

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 9780313284779

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 460

View: 922

A unique guide to events, controversies, and political and economic issues surrounding the Olympics.

History of the Olympic Games

The book has valuable images about the games that will be useful to our children and to students of this great tradition.

Author: Constantine L. Sirracos

Publisher: Seaburn Publishing

ISBN: 9781885778536

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 248

View: 259

The most authoritative book on the games and most essentially, is written with care and sensitivity to the origins of the games and by a Greek with vast knowledge of the games from Antiquity till today. The book has valuable images about the games that will be useful to our children and to students of this great tradition.

A Political History Of The Olympic Games

The turmoil surrounding the 1980 Olympic Games, says the author, was nothing new--it was merely the most recent, and most complex, manifestation of the political content of modern sport.

Author: David B Kanin

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 0429724314

Category: Political Science

Page: 176

View: 213

The turmoil surrounding the 1980 Olympic Games, says the author, was nothing new--it was merely the most recent, and most complex, manifestation of the political content of modern sport. Despite the mythology perpetrated by Olympic publicists, the modern Olympic Games were founded with expressly political goals in mind and continue to thrive on tie

The Ancient Olympic Games

For this revised edition, three new chapters have been added, covering the diet and medical treatment of athletes; sponsorship, patronage, and propaganda; and revivals of the games.

Author: Judith Swaddling

Publisher: University of Texas Press

ISBN: 9780292777514

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 112

View: 501

For over one thousand years between 776 B.C. and A.D. 395, princes, statesmen, and famous athletes gathered every four years at Olympia in western Greece to compete for the olive crowns of the ancient Olympic Games. Judith Swaddling traces the mythological and religious origins of the games and describes the events, religious ceremony, and celebrations that were an essential part of the Olympic festival. The book also features a large, detailed model of the site of ancient Olympia, where, alongside religious and civic buildings, there grew an elaborate sports complex with a stadium for 40,000 spectators, indoor and outdoor training facilities, hot and cold baths, a swimming pool, and a race course. For this revised edition, three new chapters have been added, covering the diet and medical treatment of athletes; sponsorship, patronage, and propaganda; and revivals of the games. Superbly illustrated with vases, sculpture, and other works of ancient art, and with new views of the site, the new edition of this indispensable account of Ancient Olympia and the games now includes color reproduction for over half the illustrations, as well as many additional pictures.

Power Games

The Olympics have not always been the commercialized juggernaut we know today, but as Jules Boykoff makes clear in this story-filled and devastating history, the Games have since their inception had a thoroughly checkered political history.

Author: Jules Boykoff

Publisher: Verso

ISBN: 9781784780722

Category: History

Page: 208

View: 433

Today's Olympic Games are an enormous marketing and money machine, to say nothing of sporting and media event--a global festival of top-tier athletics swaddled in both corporate cash and popular acclaim. Multinational corporations aim to convert the mega-event into mega-profits, while the International Olympic Committee (IOC) hovers somewhere between multinational conglomerate and global institution, coordinating the machinations of national and international bodies, athletic associations, and corporate sponsors (national Olympic Committees now outnumber United Nations member states). The Olympics have not always been the commercialized juggernaut we know today, but as Jules Boykoff makes clear in this story-filled and devastating history, the Games have since their inception had a thoroughly checkered political history. Pierre de Coubertin, the aristocrat who gave birth to the modern Olympics, was against allowing women to participate in the Games, and allowed African countries to participate only to offset their "individual laziness." Boykoff, a former member of the US Olympic soccer team, takes readers from the 19th Century origins of the modern Games, through its flirtations with Fascism, and into the contemporary era of corrupt, corporate control. Along the way he recounts vibrant alt-Olympics movements, like the Workers' Games and Women's Games of the 1920s and 1930s as well as athlete-activists and political movements that stood up to challenge the Olympic machine.

Goofy Presents the Olympics

Presents a brief history of the ancient and modern Olympic games.

Author: Walt Disney Productions

Publisher: Random House Childrens Books

ISBN: 9780394842240

Category: Olympics

Page: 111

View: 852

Presents a brief history of the ancient and modern Olympic games.

The Sarajevo Olympics

The book begins and ends by reminding readers that less than a decade after it hosted the Olympics, the Bosnian city of Sarajevo found itself at the vortex of a bloody and brutal civil war that would end with the dissolution of the ...

Author: Jason Vuic

Publisher:

ISBN: 9781625341655

Category: History

Page: 209

View: 697

To most observers, the 1984 Winter Olympics in Sarajevo, Yugoslavia, were an unmitigated success. That year, the unlikeliest of candidate cities in the unlikeliest of candidate countries did what many had thought impossible: it hosted an international sports competition at the highest level, housing and feeding hundreds of athletes and thousands of tourists while broadcasting a positive image of socialist Yugoslavia to the world. The first Winter Games held in a communist country, Sarajevo also marked the first Olympic confrontation of Soviet and American athletes since the U.S. boycott of the 1980 Moscow Summer Games. And the competitions themselves were spectacular and memorable. This was the Olympics of British ice dancers Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean, American skiers "Wild Bill" Johnson and Debbie Armstrong, and East German skaters Katarina Witt and Karin Enke, not to mention a Soviet hockey team that rebounded from its stunning loss to the Americans at Lake Placid four years earlier to win all seven of its matches. Yet The Sarajevo Olympics is more than just a history of sport. Jason Vuic also retraces the history of the Olympic movement, analyzes the inner workings of the International Olympic Committee during the troubled 1970s and 1980s, and places the 1984 Winter Games in the context of Cold War geopolitics. The book begins and ends by reminding readers that less than a decade after it hosted the Olympics, the Bosnian city of Sarajevo found itself at the vortex of a bloody and brutal civil war that would end with the dissolution of the multiethnic Yugoslavian state.

The British Olympic Association A History

Caspar Whitney, thePresident ofthe American Olympic Committee,wrote tothe
BOAChairman tothank him forhis 'unswerving sportsmanship' andto
acknowledge that 'variance in custom' was behind much ofthe animosity. An
admirer of British ...

Author: K. Jefferys

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137363428

Category: History

Page: 142

View: 409

Since its creation the British Olympic Association (BOA) has been one of the most important institutions in sports governance. In spite of its prominence there has hitherto been no single-volume history of the Association. This scholarly yet accessible study fills that gap, assessing the origins, evolution, strengths and shortcomings of the BOA.

America s First Olympics

America’s First Olympics, by George R. Matthews, corrects common misconceptions that began with Coubertin’s memoirs and presents a fresh view of the 1904 games, which featured first-time African American Olympians, an eccentric and ...

Author: George R. Matthews

Publisher: University of Missouri Press

ISBN: 9780826264756

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 256

View: 281

America in 1904 was a nation bristling with energy and confidence. Inspired by Theodore Roosevelt, the nation’s young, spirited, and athletic president, a sports mania rampaged across the country. Eager to celebrate its history, and to display its athletic potential, the United States hosted the world at the 1904 Louisiana Purchase Exposition in St. Louis. One part of the World’s Fair was the nation’s first Olympic games. Revived in Greece in 1896, the Olympic movement was also young and energetic. In fact, the St. Louis Olympics were only the third in modern times. Although the games were originally awarded to Chicago, St. Louis wrestled them from her rival city against the wishes of International Olympic Committee President Pierre de Coubertin. Athletes came from eleven countries and four continents to compete in state-of-the-art facilities, which included a ten-thousand-seat stadium with gymnasium equipment donated by sporting goods magnate Albert Spalding. The 1904 St. Louis Olympics garnered only praise, and all agreed that the games were a success, improving both the profile of the Olympic movement and the prestige of the United States. But within a few years, the games of 1904 receded in memory. They suffered a worse fate with the publication of Coubertin’s memoirs in 1931. His selective recollections, exaggerated claims, and false statements turned the forgotten Olympics into the failed Olympics. This prejudiced account was furthered by the 1948 publication of An Approved History of the Olympic Games by Bill Henry, which was reviewed and endorsed by Coubertin. America’s First Olympics, by George R. Matthews, corrects common misconceptions that began with Coubertin’s memoirs and presents a fresh view of the 1904 games, which featured first-time African American Olympians, an eccentric and controversial marathon, and documentation by pioneering photojournalist Jessie Tarbox Beals. Matthews provides an excellent overview of the St. Louis Olympics over a six-month period, beginning with the intrigue surrounding the transfer of the games from Chicago. He also gives detailed descriptions of the major players in the Olympic movement, the events that were held in 1904, and the athletes who competed in them. This original account will be welcomed by history and sports enthusiasts who are interested in a new perspective on this misunderstood event.

An Illustrated History of the Olympics

The Olympics , ultimately , are a test of individuals , not of nations . In gathering
material for this history , I stumbled upon an enormous amount of confusion .
From the first games of the ancient Greeks to the last games of the modern period
, the ...

Author: Richard Schaap

Publisher: Bookthrift Company

ISBN:

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 388

View: 851

Photographs and text detail the now quadrennial international sports competitions, tracing their development from their ancient Greek origins and highlighting outstanding twentieth-century events and champions

An Illustrated History of the Olympics

The Olympics, ultimately, are a test of individuals, not of nations. In gathering
material for this history, I stumbled upon an enormous amount of confusion. From
the first games of the ancient Greeks to the last games of the modern Romans,
the ...

Author: Dick Schaap

Publisher:

ISBN:

Category: Olympic Games

Page: 338

View: 288


The 1940 Tokyo Games The Missing Olympics

Despite the importance of the 1940 Tokyo Olympic Games in defining Japanese
cultural nationalism and contributing to the legitimacy of the IOC in the
tumultuous 1930s, a thorough history of the event has not been addressed in the
English ...

Author: Sandra Collins

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317999665

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 202

View: 380

By representing their experience of modernity as different from the West in their respective Olympic Games, Asian nations reveal much about the ambitions and anxieties of being an Asian host in the continuing western Olympic hegemony. This original work explores the encounter between ‘the East and the West’ by analyzing the deliberate self-presentational cultural diplomacy historically required of Asian Olympic hosts. Exploring the relationship between Modern Asia and the Olympic Games, it focuses on the forgotten history of the 1940 Tokyo Olympics to reveal the complex and fascinating encounter between Japan and the world in the 1930s. The book is the first full account of this encounter and draws substantially on Japanese sources hitherto unknown in the English-speaking world. It argues that this encounter sets the scene and the tone for later Asian involvement in the Olympic Movement. It includes chapters on: Imperial Commemoration and Diplomacy the Japanese Fascist Olympics the Event, Japanese Style the Spectre of 1940 in Later Asian Olympics. This work fills a gap in the literature, and provides an original addition to the history of Japanese culture, Asian cultures and the Olympic Movement. This book is a special issue of The International Journal of the History of Sport.