Sports and Games of Medieval Cultures

Author: Sally E. D. Wilkins

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 9780313317118

Category: Social Science

Page: 325

View: 8559

Describes sports and games that were played from the 5th through 15th centuries in areas such as Africa, Asia, India, the Middle East, the Americas, Oceania, and Europe, and includes suggestions on how to adapt many of the games to modern use.

Sports and Games of the Renaissance

Author: Andrew Leibs

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 9780313327728

Category: History

Page: 199

View: 8048

Presents a history of sports and games in Europe, Asia, the Americas, Africa, and Oceania and the effect that the intellectual and technological innovations of the period (between the mid-15th and mid-17th centuries) had on such recreations.

Sports and Games of the Ancients

Author: Steve Craig

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 9780313316005

Category: History

Page: 271

View: 3732

Looks at some of the sports and games of the ancient world from seven different geographic regions as they are currently understood, and includes suggestions on how to adapt many of the games to modern use.

Understanding Sports Culture

Author: Tony Schirato

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 1848607466

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 160

View: 2276

"In only 138 pages of text he manages a broad sweep across sports history and culture... Schirato brings the eye of a critical fan to his analysis of sport - he treats it seriously as a social practice and as a social institution... [He] achieves his aims by providing a useful, provocative and non-dogmatic text that should be useful to undergraduate and graduate sport studies programmes." - Malcolm MacLean, Sport in History "A particular strength of Understanding Sports Culture is the author's ability to meet the claim for breadth of student readership. The book is clearly structured, flagging from the outset a journey from ancient sporting times and the assumed human need of play to the development of modern and ultimately global and highly commercialized sporting cultures." - John Hughson, European Journal of Cultural Studies ?Understanding Sport Culture traces and analyzes the development of the modern field of sport from its ancient and medieval precursors (the festivals of Greece and Rome, and games such as folk football), through to its inception in the mid-nineteenth century as a set of activities designed to instill character and discipline in students in exclusive British public schools, up to its transformation into a global institution and popular spectacle. The narrative also focuses on and provides a detailed account of the gradual coming together of sport and the media. It explains how this relationship has accentuated sport's status as one of the most important sites in contemporary culture, while simultaneously threatening its existence. As part of the Understanding Contemporary Culture series this book is aimed at a broad range of students from undergraduate to graduate level, who want to know more and be fully informed on sport, its relationship to the media, and its cultural dynamics.

Catholic Perspectives on Sports

From Medieval to Modern Times

Author: Patrick Kelly

Publisher: Paulist Press

ISBN: 0809147955

Category: Religion

Page: 212

View: 766

According to author Patrick Kelly, Catholics have always engaged in play and sports. During the Middle Ages, games and sports were played on feast days and Sundays, and these activities are shown in prayer books, in woodcuts, and on stained-glass windows in churches and cathedrals. Contrary to the view of some sports historians, pre-Reformation Christians did not "loathe the flesh" but instead insisted on the unity of body and soul. Book jacket.

National Identity and Global Sports Events

Culture, Politics, and Spectacle in the Olympics and the Football World Cup

Author: Alan Tomlinson

Publisher: SUNY Press

ISBN: 0791482480

Category: Social Science

Page: 253

View: 7081

Explains why cities dig deep in their pockets to host the Olympics and countries breed teams for success on the world soccer stage.

Sports, Exercise, and Fitness

A Guide to Reference and Information Sources

Author: Mary Beth Allen

Publisher: Libraries Unlimited

ISBN: 9781563088193

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 287

View: 4566

An easy-to-use guide to nearly 1,000 information sources on sports, exercise, and fitness.

Tennis:Cultural History

Author: Heiner Gillmeister

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 9780718501952

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 452

View: 4539

Supported by a startling wealth of linguistic and documentary research, Gillmeister charts the global evolution of tennis from its origins in the early Middle Ages to the appearance of the modern game in the 20th century. Along the way, he debunks established myths about the history of the game, including those surrounding the invention of the Davis Cup. 136 illustrations, 16 in color.

Sports and Games of the 18th and 19th Centuries

Author: Robert Crego

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 9780313316104

Category: History

Page: 274

View: 5784

Examines the role of sports and games in everyday life around the world in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.

Weird Sports and Wacky Games around the World: From Buzkashi to Zorbing

From Buzkashi to Zorbing

Author: Victoria Williams Ph.D.

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 1610696409

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 369

View: 8704

With hundreds of books dedicated to conventional sports and activities, this encyclopedia on the weirdest and wackiest games offers a fresh and entertaining read for any audience. • Presents interesting information on a wide variety of culturally significant activities, from the ancient to the ultra-modern • Contains entries that are detailed yet accessible for general readers • Covers British pub games and similar activities in other countries seldom featured in reference books • Frames each entry within a global context • Features a list of Further Reading suggestions

Sports

The Complete Visual Reference

Author: Francois Fortin

Publisher: Firefly Books

ISBN: 9781552978078

Category: Reference

Page: 380

View: 1460

An overview of the sports world documents the history, equipment, rules, and strategies for more than one hundred fifty sports, including track and field, swimming, archery, skiing, martial arts, roller hockey, and bodybuilding.

Sports

The First Five Millennia

Author: Allen Guttmann

Publisher: Univ of Massachusetts Press

ISBN: 9781558496101

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 448

View: 7303

From ancient Egyptian archery and medieval Japanese football to contemporary American baseball, sports have been shaped by - and in turn have helped shape - the culture of which it is part. This work traces this evolution across continents, cultures, and historical epochs to construct a single comprehensive narrative of the world's sports.

Body and Mind

Sport in Europe from the Roman Empire to the Renaissance

Author: John McClelland

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1135773246

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 208

View: 411

This is the first book to address the gap in the literature linking the physical culture of the ancient world with the beginnings of modern sport, this original book traces the history of the evolution of a variety of sport, games and physical education from 450-1650AD across Western Europe. Drawing on primary sources, this book takes a thematic approach, looking at the changing nature of geopolitical structures, educational systems, religious institutions and the practice of warfare and medicine and goes on to trace the disappearance of ancient physical culture with its gymnasia, gladiators and chariot races, the invention of a new physical culture based on chivalry around 1000AD, the transformation of that culture in the Renaissance, and its disappearance around 1650 under the influences of new science. Offering a new and original perspective on the relationship between sport and society, this unique study will be of great interest to all historians of sport and culture.

Sports in the Western World

Author: William Joseph Baker

Publisher: University of Illinois Press

ISBN: 9780252060427

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 359

View: 9539

Sports

An Illustrated History

Author: David G. McComb

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0195100972

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 139

View: 1920

Surveys the history of athletic competition from the time of ancient civilizations through the twentieth century.

Medieval Fantasy as Performance

The Society for Creative Anachronism and the Current Middle Ages

Author: Michael A. Cramer

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 0810869950

Category: History

Page: 200

View: 9245

This book examines the act of medieval re-creation as performance by focusing on the Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA). It describes the group's activities and investigates its place in popular culture, looking at the SCA not so much as a historical society but as an on-going work of performance art; a postmodern counter-culture riff on what it means to be 'medieval.'

Sport History in the Digital Era

Author: Gary Osmond,Murray G Phillips

Publisher: University of Illinois Press

ISBN: 0252096894

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 288

View: 5803

From statistical databases to story archives, from fan sites to the real-time reactions of Twitter-empowered athletes, the digital communication revolution has changed the way fans relate to LeBron's latest triple double or Tom Brady's last second touchdown pass. In this volume, contributors from Australia, Ireland, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the United States analyze the parallel transformation in the field of sport history, showing the ways powerful digital tools raise vital philosophical, epistemological, ontological, methodological, and ethical questions for scholars and students alike. Chapters consider how philosophical and theoretical understandings of the meaning of history influence engagement with digital history, and conceptualize the relationship between history making and the digital era. As the writers show, digital media's mostly untapped potential for studying the recent past via media like blogs, chat rooms, and gambling sites forge a symbiosis between sports and the internet while offering historians new vistas to explore and utilize. In this new era, digital history becomes a dynamic site of enquiry and discussion where scholars enter into a give-and-take with individuals and invite their audience to grapple with, rather than passively absorb, evidence. Timely and provocative, Sport History in the Digital Era affirms how the information revolution has transformed sport and sport history--and shows the road ahead. Contributors include Douglas Booth, Mike Cronin, Martin Johnes, Matthew Klugman, Geoffery Z. Kohe, Tara Magdalinski, Fiona McLachlan, Bob Nicholson, Rebecca Olive, Gary Osmond, Murray G. Phillips, Stephen Robertson, Synthia Sydnor, Holly Thorpe, and Wayne Wilson.

Handbook of Medieval Culture

Author: N.A

Publisher: Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG

ISBN: 3110385449

Category: History

Page: 706

View: 7413

A follow-up publication to the Handbook of Medieval Studies, this new reference work turns to a different focus: medieval culture. Medieval research has grown tremendously in depth and breadth over the last decades. Particularly our understanding of medieval culture, of the basic living conditions, and the specific value system prevalent at that time has considerably expanded, to a point where we are in danger of no longer seeing the proverbial forest for the trees. The present, innovative handbook offers compact articles on essential topics, ideals, specific knowledge, and concepts defining the medieval world as comprehensively as possible. The topics covered in this new handbook pertain to issues such as love and marriage, belief in God, hell, and the devil, education, lordship and servitude, Christianity versus Judaism and Islam, health, medicine, the rural world, the rise of the urban class, travel, roads and bridges, entertainment, games, and sport activities, numbers, measuring, the education system, the papacy, saints, the senses, death, and money.

Images of the Medieval Peasant

Author: Paul H. Freedman

Publisher: Stanford University Press

ISBN: 9780804733731

Category: History

Page: 459

View: 6726

The medieval clergy, aristocracy, and commercial classes tended to regard peasants as objects of contempt and derision. In religious writings, satires, sermons, chronicles, and artistic representations peasants often appeared as dirty, foolish, dishonest, even as subhuman or bestial. Their lowliness was commonly regarded as a natural corollary of the drudgery of their agricultural toil. Yet, at the same time, the peasantry was not viewed as “other” in the manner of other condemned groups, such as Jews, lepers, Muslims, or the imagined “monstrous races” of the East. Several crucial characteristics of the peasantry rendered it less clearly alien from the elite perspective: peasants were not a minority, their work in the fields nourished all other social orders, and, most important, they were Christians. In other respects, peasants could be regarded as meritorious by virtue of their simple life, productive work, and unjust suffering at the hands of their exploitive social superiors. Their unrewarded sacrifice and piety were also sometimes thought to place them closest to God and more likely to win salvation. This book examines these conflicting images of peasants from the post-Carolingian period to the German Peasants’ War. It relates the representation of peasants to debates about how society should be organized (specifically, to how human equality at Creation led to subordination), how slavery and serfdom could be assailed or defended, and how peasants themselves structured and justified their demands. Though it was argued that peasants were legitimately subjugated by reason of nature or some primordial curse (such as that of Noah against his son Ham), there was also considerable unease about how the exploitation of those who were not completely alien—who were, after all, Christians—could be explained. Laments over peasant suffering as expressed in the literature might have a stylized quality, but this book shows how they were appropriated and shaped by peasants themselves, especially in the large-scale rebellions that characterized the late Middle Ages.