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    Impressively knowledgeable guide to the history of games that people actually played

    Wray Vamplew, nowadays entitled Emeritus Professor, is by no means resting on his laurels. His latest monograph, published just last August, is Games People Played: A Global History of Sport (Reaktion Books), in which Vamplew shows how sport has been practiced, experienced and made meaningful by players and fans throughout history. Not quite Emeritus, Professor Jens Ljunggren har read Vamplews voluminous effort, and his balanced review reveals his interest in the historiographical aspects of sport history.

    Early Commercialisation in Sport: Looking for Evidence and Searching for Meaning

    In his article for idrottsforum.org, Wray Vamplew argues that previous research on commercialism and sport takes too narrow a definition of commercialisation which instead should consider all economic/monetary transactions involving sport. This new definition has significant implications for when we can say that sport and commerce were becoming intertwined. Even in Ancient Greece and Rome, there is significant information on commercial activity involved with sport.

    The Journey of South Africa from Whiteness to Humanity

    One of the biggest political achievements by activist playing the sports card is the boycott against South Africa by a number of sports and sporting events. The story is outlined in Pitch Battles: Sport, Racism and Resistance (Rowman & Littlefield) by two central figures in the anti-apartheid struggle, Peter Hain and André Odendaal. Wray Vamplew is our appreciative reviewer; he is, however, keen to point out that racism in sport did not start, nor did it end, with South African apartheid.

    The International Journal of the History of Sport, Volume 37, 2020, Issue 12 | Asian Journal of Sport History & Culture, 2020, 2

    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: Transcending Taekwondo Competition to Sustain Inter-Korean Sports Diplomacy by John A. Johnson.

    Becoming a business: an environmental, transitional and organisational analysis of Bradford and Queen’s Park Football Clubs before 1914 | A Summary

    In this summary of an article published in Soccer & Society in April 2020, John Dewhirst and Wray Vamplew presents a template for the study of sports clubs’ transformation to commercial organizations. The model was developed in a study of how Bradford FC and Queen’s Park FC adapted to the emerging commercialization of society in the wake of the industrial revolution and the rapid growth of capitalism.

    Soccer & Society, Volume 21, 2020, Issue 4 | International Football History: Selected Submissions from the 2017 & 2018 Conferences

    Football, the most popular mass spectator sport in the world, has become a major social phenomenon since the late nineteenth century. Through the social prism of soccer, scholars across the world have tended to understand various aspects of life. The Forum Editor’s pick from the current issue: ‘MANY DETAILS REMAIN SKETCHY’: REVEALING THE ‘TRUTH’ BEHIND THE ORIGINS AND FORMATION OF STOKE CITY FOOTBALL CLUB by Martyn Dean Cooke.

    The International Journal of the History of Sport, Volume 36, 2019, Issue 17–18 | Beyond Twenty-Four Million Words: New Perspectives from IJHS Editors

    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: BATTING, RUNNING, AND ‘BURNING’ IN EARLY MODERN EUROPE: A CONTRIBUTION TO THE DEBATE ON THE ROOTS OF BASEBALL by Isak Lidström & Daniel Bjärsholm.

    The complexities of ownership in sport competently dealt with

    Contributions to Andrew Adams’ and Leigh Robinson’s edited volume Who Owns Sport (Routledge Focus on Sport, Culture and Society) deal with the complex issue of ownership in sport from multiple disciplinary angles, including philosophy, history, political science and management. Mark Brooke is our reviewer, and he deems this slim volume essential reading for sport scholars.

    Journal of Sport History, Volume 45, 2018, Number 2

    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.

    The International Journal of the History of Sport, Volume 35, 2018, Issue 7–8: Sport and Entrepreneurship

    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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