Providing a full overview of the changing relationship between cities and the Olympic events, this substantially revised and enlarged edition builds on the success of its predecessor. Its coverage takes account of important new scholarship as well as adding reflections on the experience of staging Beijing 2008 and Vancouver 2010, the state of preparations for London 2012, and the plans for the Games scheduled for Sochi in 2014 and Rio de Janeiro 2016.

The book is divided into three parts that provide overviews of the urban legacy of the four component Olympic festivals, systematic surveys of five key aspects of activity involved in staging the Olympics and ten chronologically arranged portraits of host cities.

As controversy over the growing size and expense of the Olympics continues, this timely assessment of the Games’ development and the complex agendas that host cities attach to the event will be essential reading for urban and sports historians, urban geographers, planners and all concerned with understanding the relationship between cities and culture.

Olympic Cities is one of the Routledge books of the month for December 2010

chapter 1|14 pages


ByJohn R. Gold, Margaret M. Gold

part |2 pages

Part I The Olympic Festivals

chapter 2|39 pages

From A to B: The Summer Olympics, 1896–2008

ByJohn R. Gold, Margaret M. Gold

chapter 3|24 pages

The Winter Olympics: Driving Urban Change, 1924–2014

ByStephen J. Essex

chapter 4|28 pages

The Cultural Olympiads: Reviving the Panegyris

ByMargaret M. Gold, George Revill

chapter 5|21 pages

The Paralympic Games

ByJohn R. Gold, Margaret M. Gold

part |2 pages

Part II Planning and Management

chapter 6|17 pages

Financing the Games

ByPaul Kitchin

chapter 7|19 pages

Promoting the Olympic City

ByStephen V. Ward

chapter 8|13 pages

Olympic Security

ByJon Coaffee, Peter Fussey

chapter 9|14 pages

Urban Regeneration and Renewal

ByJon Coaffee

chapter 10|19 pages

Olympic Tourism

ByMike Weed

part |2 pages

Part III City Portraits

chapter 11|18 pages

Berlin 1936

ByMonika Meyer

chapter 12|14 pages

Mexico City 1968

ByMichael Barke

chapter 13|21 pages

Montreal 1976

ByDaniel Latouche

chapter 14|19 pages

Barcelona 1992

ByFrancisco-Javier Monclús

chapter 15|28 pages

Sydney 2000

ByBeatriz García

chapter 16|25 pages

Athens 2004

ByMargaret M. Gold

chapter 17|19 pages

Beijing 2008

ByIan G. Cook, Steven Miles

chapter 18|31 pages

London 2012

ByGraeme Evans

chapter 19|13 pages

Rio de Janeiro 2016

ByJohn R. Gold

chapter 20|4 pages


ByJohn R. Gold, Margaret M. Gold