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Sport

D.J. Wenden

in The History of the University of Oxford: Volume VIII: The Twentieth Century

Published in print April 1994 | ISBN: 9780198229742
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191678912 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198229742.003.0020

Series: History of the University of Oxford

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This chapter examines the history of sport at the university during the period from 1914 to 1970. It suggests that during the first half of the 20th century sport played a large part in the university both as an activity for students and as an influence on the image of Oxford to the outside world. However, during the 1950s, university dons became more critical of the time spent by students on sport. In addition, university undergraduates criticised the public school tradition of worship of organized games and this criticism was intensified by student radicalism in the late 1960s.

Keywords: University of Oxford; university sport; organized sport; academic standards; student radicalism; public school

Chapter.  8326 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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