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Olympic Games

Overview page. Subjects: Sport and Leisure.

An ancient Greek festival with athletic, literary, and musical competitions held at Olympia every four years, traditionally from 776 bc until abolished by the Roman emperor Theodosius I in...

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Ultranationalism, People’s Diplomacy, and the Phantom Tokyo Olympics

Jessamyn R. Abel.

in The International Minimum

May 2015; p ublished online November 2016 .

Chapter. Subjects: Asian History. 12970 words.

In 1936, Tokyo won its bid to host the 1940 Summer Olympics. At a time of rising tension in Japan’s foreign relations, proponents of international cooperation both in and outside of the...

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Olympic Diplomacy in a New Japan

Jessamyn R. Abel.

in The International Minimum

May 2015; p ublished online November 2016 .

Chapter. Subjects: Asian History. 13082 words.

After the war, Tokyo again won the right to host the Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games. In the postwar period, as during the war, the apolitical event of the Tokyo Olympics was shaped by...

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Embodied Nation

Simon Creak.

December 2014; p ublished online November 2016 .

Book. Subjects: Asian History. 352 pages.

This book examines how sport and ideas of physicality have shaped the politics and culture of modern Laos. Viewing the country's extraordinary transitions—from French colonialism to...

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The International Minimum

Jessamyn R. Abel.

May 2015; p ublished online November 2016 .

Book. Subjects: Asian History. 336 pages.

For most of the twentieth century, a rhetoric of international cooperation for peace and stability persisted as the lingua franca of foreign relations in Japan and around the world, even...

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Sport in China

Susan Brownell.

in The Oxford Handbook of Sports History

May 2017; p ublished online May 2017 .

Article. Subjects: Asian History; Social and Cultural History. 7591 words.

Due to the Orientalist bias in sport history in the West, starting in the late nineteenth century, “Far Eastern civilization” was defined in terms of its lack relative to “Western...

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Diffusion and Transformation of Western Sports in North Asia

Sayuri Guthrie-Shimizu.

in The Oxford Handbook of Sports History

May 2017; p ublished online May 2017 .

Article. Subjects: Asian History; Social and Cultural History. 6735 words.

This chapter tracks the diffusion of Western-style athletic culture in Japan and Korea since the late nineteenth century. It argues that modern teach sport was introduced to Japan and Korea...

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