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    Seminal work on the role and function of sport during the Cold War era

    The Whole World Was Watching: Sport in the Cold War, edited by Robert Edelman & Christopher Young (Stanford University Press), examines Cold War rivalries through the lens of sporting activities and competitions across Europe, Asia, Africa, Latin America, and the U.S. Our reviewer is historian Kristian Gerner, and he finds that the multifaceted analysis in the book reveals how states as well as individual athletes impacted the development of sport and society in the cold war period.

    “Entertaining reading about football as a vital element in the human comedy”

    In Heather L. Dichter’s edited volume Soccer Diplomacy: International Relations and Football since 1914 (Univerity Press of Kentucky) an international group of experts analyzes the relationship between soccer and diplomacy. We handed the book to Kristian Gerner, professor of history at Lund University and our expert reviewer in sport and international relations. He found that the book offers readable analyses of soccer as an instrument of diplomacy, but questions the use and understanding of the chosen terminology.

    Fyllig, faktarik och fördjupad historik över fotbollsvärldsmästerskapen

    Ett nyligt gräv bland gamla recensionsböcker frambringade vad som närmast får betraktas som ett fotbollshistoriskt fynd. 2014 utgavs The FIFA World Cup 1930–2010: Politics, Commerce, Spectacle and Identities, sammanställd av Stefan Rinke & Kay Schiller (Wallstein Verlag). Birger Hedén hade turen att få recensionsexemplaret av boken, och han använde det väl.
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