Rugby's Great Split
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Rugby's Great Split by Tony Collins
Book DescriptionSince it's first publication, Rugby's Great Split has established itself as a classic in the field of sport history. Drawing on an unprecedented range of sources, this deeply researched and highly readable book traces the social, cultural and economic divisions that led, in 1895, to schism in the game of rugby and the creation of rugby league, the sport of England's northern working class. Tony Collins' analysis challenges many of the conventional assumptions about this key event in rugby history - about class conflict, amateurism in sport, the North-South divide, violence on the pitch, the development of mass spectator sport and the rise of football. This new edition is expanded to cover parallel events in Australia and New Zealand, and to address the key question of rugby league's failure to establish itself in Wales. Rugby's Great Split is a benchmark text in the history of rugby, and an absorbing case study of wider issues - issues of class, gender, regional and national identity, and the impact of the commercialization and recent professionalization of rugby league. This insightful text is for anyone interested in Britain's social history or in the emergence of modern sport, it is vital reading.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780415396172
(234mm x 156mm x 17mm)
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 14-Jul-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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Oval World, Paperback (January 2016)
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This is a social, economic and political study of both field sports and those other activities and customs labelled as rural sports from the earliest of times to the present day in all of the United Kingdom and Ireland.
Sport as History, Paperback (May 2013)» View all books by Tony Collins
Published to mark the career of one of sports history's pioneers, this book traces the evolution of sport across three continents. It brings together some of sports history's leading scholars to investigate not only the history of sport but also how that history is written.
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Author Biography - Tony Collins
De Montfort University, Leicester, UK Formerly at the University of Strathclyde, UK La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia
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