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Palgrave Studies in Sport and Politics

Max Schmeling and the Making of a National Hero in Twentieth-Century Germany

Authors: Hughes, Jon

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  • The first in-depth study of German boxer and national hero, Max Schmeling (1905-2005)
  • Assesses a wide range of evidence, including print and broadcast media, prose fiction and poetry, and the visual arts 
  • Examines Schmeling’s emergence as an icon in the Weimar Republic, his association with America, and his rivalry with Joe Louis 
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This book presents the first in-depth study of the German boxer Max Schmeling (1905-2005) as a national hero and representative figure in Germany between the 1920s and the present day. It explores the complex relationship between sport, culture, politics and national identity and draws on a century of journalism, film, visual art, life writing and fiction. Detailed chapters analyse Schmeling’s emergence as an icon in the Weimar Republic, his association with America, his celebrity status in the Third Reich, and his rivalry with Joe Louis as a focus for an extraordinary propaganda and ideological contest. The book also examines how Schmeling’s post-war success in business associated him with the culture of the ‘zero hour’ nation in the era of ‘economic miracle’, and how he was later claimed as ‘good German’ and moral example for a post-war generation of Germans determined to ‘come to terms’ with the past. This book will appeal to readers with an interest in the history and representation of sport and boxing, in sports discourse and political culture, and in questions of national identity in modern German history.

About the authors

Jon Hughes is Senior Lecturer in German and Cultural Studies at Royal Holloway, University of London, UK. He is the author of a monograph on the journalist and novelist Joseph Roth, and has also published on topics including the ‘New Objectivity’, mountaineering in Austrian culture and the representation of sport.

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“Hughes is clear that his intentions are not biographical his chronological treatment of Schmeling’s life makes for an engagingly readable book. The writing is clear and straightforward, readily accessible to advanced undergraduate or nonspecialists, while the generous quotation of primary sources in the original German alongside the author’s translation would also make this useful in a graduate seminar or for readers with a more advanced interest in German studies.” (Zachary T. Androus, Journal of Sport History, Vol. 45 (03), 2018)

Table of contents (7 chapters)

Table of contents (7 chapters)

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eBook $89.00
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-51136-8
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Hardcover $119.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-51135-1
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $119.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-84577-7
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Max Schmeling and the Making of a National Hero in Twentieth-Century Germany
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in Sport and Politics
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-51136-8
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-51136-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-51135-1
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-84577-7
Series ISSN
2365-998X
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 329
Number of Illustrations
9 b/w illustrations, 2 illustrations in colour
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