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Palgrave Macmillan

Sport and the British World, 1900-1930

Amateurism and National Identity in Australasia and Beyond

ISBN 9781137398505
Publication Date June 2014
Formats Hardcover Ebook (EPUB) Ebook (PDF) 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan
Series Britain and the World

Sport and the British World, 1900-1930 is a ground-breaking transnational study into the way that amateurism in sport was defined in Australia and New Zealand, and the implications that this had on international understandings of Britishness. Australasians selectively applied aspects of dominant English forms of amateurism and contributed to international debates about the nature of sport as a result. They also contributed to understandings of Britishness through their engagement with Britons across the world. The relationship with their counterparts in England was tense, but the Australasians were ultimately unwilling to follow a separate path, while Canada seemed to provide a more hospitable 'British' environment that mixed modern approaches to sport with a specifically British framework. A shared British identity was strong enough to tie Australians and New Zealanders together before World War One, but its removal after the war saw them separate.

  • Winner of the Australian Society For Sports History Book Prize

Erik Nielsen is a historian of the British Empire with a focus on sport and is based at the University of New South Wales, Australia. He has published articles and chapters on track and field athletics, rugby league and Australia's sporting relationship with India. His teaching interests include military history, Australian colonial history and Australia's Asian Context.

1. Introduction
2. The Commercialisation of Australasian Amateur Athletics
3. The Role of Race and Class in Defining the Australasian Amateur Community
4. 'Imperialism and Nationalism in Action'? Reconfiguring the Athletic Relationship with Britain
5. North American Cousins: Relations with the United States and Canada
6. A Question of Nationalism? The Dissolution of the Australasian Amateur Athletic Relationship


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