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


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This chapter sums up the key findings of this study on the development of British sport from the early 18th to the mid-19th century. Modern British sport started to develop and was promoted privately without politicians, employers, or trade unionists taking a significant part, except as enthusiastic individual sportsmen. However, all this changed with the development of professional sport, where sporting activities became more politicized and commercialized, and states began to intervene.

Keywords: British sport; sportsmen; professional sport; sports politicization; sports commercialization; sports history

Chapter.  4847 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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