Sports and Games of the 18th and 19th Centuries

Greenwood Publishing Group
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Many of the sports and games played around the world today have their roots in the 18th and 19th centuries. Their history, detailed in Sports and Games of the 18th and 19th Centuries, provides us with an insight into the life and times of cultures across the globe. The dominance of Britain as a world power during this time had a particularly powerful effect in sports, as it organized many Western sports with specific rules, and repressed the traditional sports and games of regions it colonized such as Africa. Rules and equipment for all of the sports and games of this time period, along with diagrams, are included.
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About the author

ROBERT CREGO is an accomplished sportswriter and long distance runner. This is his first book.

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Publisher
Greenwood Publishing Group
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Published on
Dec 31, 2003
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Pages
274
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ISBN
9780313316104
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Language
English
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Genres
History / Modern / 18th Century
History / Modern / 19th Century
Sports & Recreation / History
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This content is DRM protected.
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