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Palgrave Macmillan

The British Olympic Association: A History

ISBN 9781137363411
Publication Date April 2014
Formats Hardcover Ebook (EPUB) Ebook (PDF) 
Publisher Palgrave Pivot

Since its creation in 1905, the British Olympic Association (BOA) has been one of the most important institutions in the field of sports governance. It speaks for Great Britain in the counsels of the international Olympic movement; it has responsibility for the participation of British athletes at the summer and winter Games; and it played a vital role in the delivery of the 1908, 1948 and 2012 Olympics, making London the only venue to have hosted the modern summer Games on three occasions. In spite of its prominence and involvement in major controversies – notably when defying the British government's wish to boycott the 1980 Moscow Olympics - there has hitherto been no single-volume history of the Association. This scholarly yet accessible study seeks to fill that gap, using a range of primary sources to assess the origins, evolution, strengths and shortcomings of the BOA.

Kevin Jefferys is Professor of Contemporary History at Plymouth University, UK. He has published widely on aspects of modern British political and social history, and his most recent book – Sport and Politics in Modern Britain (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012) – won the Lord Aberdare prize for sport history books, 2013.

1. Antecedents and Origins: Athens 1896 – St Louis 1904
2. Solid Foundations: Athens 1906 - London 1908
3. Trials and Tribulations: Stockholm 1912 – Amsterdam 1928
4. The Shadows of Depression and War: Los Angeles 1932 - London 1948
5. Post-war Challenges: Helsinki 1952 – Montreal 1976
6. Turbulence and Change: Moscow 1980 – Atlanta 1996
7. Into the Twenty First Century: Sydney 2000 – London 2012 and Beyond


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