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Nineteenth-Century BritainIntegration and Diversity. The Ford Lectures Delivered in the University of Oxford 1986-1987$
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Keith Robbins

Print publication date: 1995

Print ISBN-13: 9780198205852

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198205852.001.0001

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Sport, Patriotism, and the Will to Win

Sport, Patriotism, and the Will to Win

(p.162) 6 Sport, Patriotism, and the Will to Win
Nineteenth-Century Britain

Keith Robbins

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the role of sport and patriotism in creating regional diversity or unity in Great Britain. The emergence of sports in its modern form in the 1860s had unexpected consequences for the maintenance and reinforcement of national and regional loyalties within Britain. The tensions which have become familiar in other aspects of British life reappeared in the world of sport and it proved difficult to strike a balance both between the north and the home countries and between England, Scotland, and Wales.

Keywords:   sport, patriotism, national loyalty, Great Britain, regional diversity, regional unity, England, Scotland, Wales

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