Amateurism and the Victorians

Richard Holt

in Sport and the British

Published in print August 1990 | ISBN: 9780192852298
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191670541 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Studies in Social History

Amateurism and the Victorians

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This chapter examines the history of sports amateurism in Victorian Britain. The middle and upper classes devoted a large amount of time to sport, and even the business elite often seemed to be more interested in play than in work. This chapter suggests that the development of new codified kinds of play during this period was a logical and necessary result of industrialization. This is because the new games were perfectly suited to life in an industrialized city, requiring only limited space and time and utilizing communications to create national organizations.

Keywords: sports; amateurism; Victorian Britain; industrialization; sports organizations

Chapter.  24136 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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