Women's Sports: A History

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Columbia University Press, 1991 - Social Science - 339 pages
Traces the history of women in sports from ancient civilizations to the present, analyzing the relationship between social class and choice of sport, and the varying ways sporting women are perceived in different cultures
 

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Women's sports: a history

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Don't be dismayed because this looks like a textbook. Guttmann, author of The Games Must Go On ( LJ 1/84), does an excellent job of tracing the history of women's sports from antiquity to the present ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
A History of Womens Sports
5
From the Egyptians to the Etruscans
7
Spartan Girls and Other Runners
17
Matrons and Gladiators
33
The Lady Hunts a Stag
41
A Renaissance for Womens Sports?
53
Cricketeers on the Green and Viragos in the Ring
67
The Europeans Take the Lead
154
Womens Sports and Totalitarian Regimes
172
Evolutionary Change
189
The Present State of Womens Sports
207
Revolutionary Change
209
Three Contemporary Controversies
251
Notes
267
Bibliographical Note
317

The Victorian Age Debility and Strength
85
The Victorian Age From Swedish Drill to Field Hockey
106
Play Days and Muscle Molls
135

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