Empire and Nation

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

Empire and Nation

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This chapter examines the special relationship between sport and imperialism in British history. It explains that sport played a major role in the transmission of imperial and national ideas from the late 19th century onwards. It examines the role that was initially envisaged for imperial sports and how their significance changed as the Empire itself evolved into a self-governing Commonwealth of Nations. It analyses that reaction of the colonies to the cult of Anglo-Saxon sports and its influence on the rise of British nationalism and Dominion nationalism.

Keywords: sports; imperialism; British history; imperial ideas; British nationalism; Dominion nationalism

Chapter.  31042 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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