Britain And the Olympic Games: London 1908, 1948 and 2012

Beck, Peter J. (2012) Britain And the Olympic Games: London 1908, 1948 and 2012. Journal of Sport History, 39(1), pp. 21-43. ISSN (print) 0094-1700

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London’s bid to host the 2012 Olympic Games was accompanied, indeed reinforced, by the presentation of histories recording the lengthy and committed nature of Britain’s relationship with the Olympic Movement, most notably as highlighted by hosting the 1908 and 1948 Games. Apart from being employed to contextualize London’s bid, the 1908 and 1948 London Olympiads represent key chapters in the story of both Britain’s Olympic past and the Olympic Movement. In particular, they illuminate major issues concerning the nature and role of the Olympic Games as well as the attitude of British governments, media and opinion towards Olympism. Despite the British Olympic Association’s best efforts, during the period between 1908 and 1948 British governments, media and opinion often proved indifferent, frequently negative, towards Olympism, even if the 1948 Olympics showed evidence of a possible change of course, at least in the short term.

Item Type: Article
Research Area: History
Faculty, School or Research Centre: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (until 2017) > School of Social Science (until November 2012)
Depositing User: Peter Beck
Date Deposited: 07 Mar 2013 10:46
Last Modified: 07 Mar 2013 10:46

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