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Sport and the BritishA Modern History$
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Richard Holt

Print publication date: 1990

Print ISBN-13: 9780192852298

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192852298.001.0001

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Amateurism and the Victorians

Amateurism and the Victorians

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Sport and the British

Richard Holt

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the history of sports amateurism in Victorian Britain. The middle and upper classes devoted a large amount of time to sport, and even the business elite often seemed to be more interested in play than in work. This chapter suggests that the development of new codified kinds of play during this period was a logical and necessary result of industrialization. This is because the new games were perfectly suited to life in an industrialized city, requiring only limited space and time and utilizing communications to create national organizations.

Keywords:   sports, amateurism, Victorian Britain, industrialization, sports organizations

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