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Across North America, native peoples and colonists alike played a variety of kicking games long before soccer’s emergence in the late 1800s. In From Football to Soccer: The Early History of the Beautiful Game in the United States (University of Illinois Press), Brian D. Bunk examines the development and social impact of these sports through the rise of professional soccer after World War I. Matthew McDowell’s knowledgeable and appreciative review indicates that it’s a book well worth reading.
Sport in History encourages the study of sport to illuminate broader historical issues and debates. Includes an extensive reviews section, an annual compendium of sports-related accessions to British archives and a 'Sport in Public History' section. The Forum Editor’s pick from the current issue: ‘Frae Land o’ Lakes to land o’ Cakes’: curling, Scotland, Sweden, and historical undercurrents by Matthew L. McDowell.
The International Journal of the History of Sport, Volume 38, 2021, Issue 4 | Regional Issue: Americas
The International Journal of the History of Sport is the world’s leading sport history academic periodical with fully-refereed global coverage of the subject. The Forum Editor’s pick from the current issue: Recorde: Revista de História do Esporte – An Overview of Its Publications (2008–2020) by Letícia Cristina Lima Moraes, Leonardo do Couto Gomes & Wanderley Marchi Júnior.
Sports’ relation to other forms of leisure investigated with an impressive variety of historical methods and sources
Two special issues of Sport in History has been converted into a single 14 chapters volume by the editors Dion Georgiou and Benjamin Litherland: Sport’s Relationship with Other Leisure Industries: Historical Perspectives (Routledge). Our reviewer is Anne Tjønndal, and she offers a comprehensive overview of the collection, which, though it might be better for some to read a few individual chapters, as a whole represents an accomplishment in sport history scholarship.
Leisure / Loisir strives to publish a diverse collection of scholarly papers in all areas of leisure, recreation, arts, parks, sport, and travel and tourism. Reflecting the multi- and interdisciplinary nature of these areas of study. The Forum Editor’s pick from the current issue: CLIMBING DUMBARTON ROCK: AN EXPLORATION OF CLIMBERS’ EXPERIENCES ON SPORT AND HERITAGE FROM THE PERSPECTIVE OF EXISTENTIAL AUTHENTICITY by Yingying Zhang & Matthew L. McDowell.
In July 2012, Shannon Rose Smith earned the degree of Doctor of Philosophy at Queen’s University with her thesis Marked Men: Sport and Masculinity in Victorian Popular Culture, 1866-1904. We stumbled across Matthew L. McDowell’s review, originally published online in 2013, and decided to reprint. This unpublished dissertation is obviously worth to be more widely known and read.
The Journal of Sport History is published three times a year by the North American Society for Sport History (NASSH). The purpose of NASSH is to promote, stimulate, and encourage study and research and writing of the history of sport, and to support and cooperate with local, national, and international organizations having the same purposes.
In our ambition to cover the whole book series ”Football Research in an Enlarged Europe”, we asked Matthew L. McDowell for a review of the 2015 edited volume European Football and Collective Memory by Wolfram Pyta & Nils Havemann (Palgrave Macmillan). Our reviewer finds an uneven collection that’s still relevant for analyses of European football and for football as a metaphor for the European project.
The anthology «Methodology in Sports History», edited by Wray Vamplew and Dave Day (Routledge) seemed to be just what the supervisor ordered for a Ph.D. student at a crucial point in the dissertation process. For our reviewer Robert Svensson, however, it was somewhat of a disappointment. The book confuses method with methodology, and deals more with history in general than with sport history.
The International Journal of the History of Sport, Volume 34, 2017, Issue 5–6 | Aspiration and Reflection: Sport Historians on Sport History
The International Journal of the History of Sport is the world’s leading sport history academic periodical with fully-refereed global coverage of the subject. As well as regular issues, the IJHS also offers regionally-focused issues on the Americas, Africa, Asia, Australasia and the Pacific, Europe, and the Middle East, and special issues each year on significant topics and themes.
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