99. MORE THAN A GAME: A HISTORY OF HOW SPORT MADE BRITAIN

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99. MORE THAN A GAME: A HISTORY OF HOW SPORT MADE BRITAIN
David Horspool, Ben Marvell
Saturday 29th June 11:30 (60 Min)
Stove Tent by Viking
Sport is an enduring element of British life and culture. In all its variety, it touches on so many significant aspects of past and present: national identity, class, gender, the relationship between country and town, the rise of commerce, and the evolution of ethical debate. Our sporting arenas have witnessed triumphs and heartbreaks that have become part of our national narrative. David Horspool, historian and Sport Editor of the Times Literary supplement, tells the story of each game as a driver of social change: horse-racing's obsession with blood and money turned an aristocratic pastime into a national sport; boxing promoted opportunity for ethnic minorities, while simultaneously enforcing a regime of discrimination; golf rehearsed a perennial battle over Britain's landscape; the football fan created an exuberant, often troubled culture at the centre of British life.
Event Theme: Sport
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