9780252070464

Olympics : A History of the Modern Games

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  • ISBN13:

    9780252070464

  • ISBN10:

    0252070461

  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2002-02-01
  • Publisher: Univ of Illinois Pr

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Summary

Politics has always been an integral part of the Olympics--not an occasional intruder in the form of a boycott, protest, or act of terrorism. In this probing social history, distinguished by a lively mix of journalism and scholarship, Allen Guttmann discusses the intended and actual meaning of the modern Olympic Games, from 1896 to 2000. Recounting the memorable and significant athletic events of the Olympics in terms of their social and political impact, Guttmann demonstrates that the modern games were revived to propagate a political message and continue to serve political purposes. This second edition of Guttmann's critically acclaimed history includes coverage of the controversial tenure of Juan Antonio Samaranch as president of the International Olympic Committee, a period tainted by rising drug use among athletes and scandals accompanying the awarding of sites and marked by the debut of openly professional athletes and the significantly increased role of female athletes.

Author Biography

Allen Guttmann, a professor of English at Amherst College, is the author of Women's Sports, Games and Empires, From Ritual to Record: The Nature of Modern Sports, and other books. He received the first President's Award for Sports Studies from the International Olympic Committee in 2001

Table of Contents

Preface to the Second Edition ix
Introduction: The Olympic Games Are More Than Games 1(6)
The Baron's Dream
7(14)
Growing Pains and Increasing Success
21(16)
The Games Reach Maturity
37(16)
The Most Controversial Olympics
53(20)
Destruction and Recovery
73(12)
In the Shadow of the Cold War
85(18)
The Era of (Relative) Good Feelings
103(10)
Organizational Strains
113(12)
A Time of Troubles
125(16)
The Era of the Boycott
141(24)
Calgary and Seoul---But Not Pyongyang
165(6)
Juan Antonio Samaranch as CEO
171(12)
After the Cold War
183(12)
Appendix 195(2)
Bibliographical Essay 197(6)
Index 203

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