New PDF release: A Social History of English Rugby Union

By Tony Collins

From the parable of William Webb Ellis to the respect of the 2003 global Cup win, this ebook explores the social heritage of rugby union in England.

Ever because Tom Brown’s Schooldays the game has obvious itself because the dad or mum of conventional English middle-class values. during this interesting new background, top rugby historian Tony Collins demonstrates how those values have formed the English online game, from the general public colleges to mass spectator game, from strict amateurism to worldwide professionalism.

Based on unparalleled entry to the legit records of the Rugby soccer Union, and drawing on a powerful array of resources from membership mins to private memoirs and modern literature, the e-book explores in bright element the major occasions, personalities and gamers that experience made English rugby.

From an period of quick progress on the finish of the 19th century, in the course of the negative losses suffered in the course of the First international struggle and the following ‘rush to rugby’ within the public and grammar faculties, and into the sessions of disorientation and commercialisation within the Nineteen Sixties via to the current day, the tale of English rugby union is additionally the tale of the making of contemporary England.

Like the entire best possible writers on game, Tony Collins makes use of activity as a prism during which to higher comprehend either tradition and society. A ground-breaking paintings of either social heritage and activity historical past, A Social heritage of English Rugby Union tells a desirable tale of carrying endeavour, masculine identification, imperial ideology, social cognizance and the character of Englishness.

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