This volume of wide-ranging essays by sport historians and sociologists examines the complex relations of war, peace and sport through a series of case studies from South and North America, Europe, North Africa, Asia and New Zealand.

From formal military training in the late nineteenth century to contemporary esports, the relationship between military and sporting cultures has endured across nations in times of conflict and peace. This collection contextualizes debates around the morality and desirability of continuing to play sport against the backdrop of war as others are dying for their nation. It also examines the legacy and memory of particular wars as expressed in a range of sporting practices in the immediate aftermath of conflicts such as the World Wars and wars of independence. At the same time, this book analyses the history of sport and peace by considering how sport can operate as a pacification in some contexts and a tool of reconciliation in others.

Together, and through an introductory framing essay, these essays offer scholars of sport, conflict studies and cultural history more broadly a multinational analysis of the war-peace-sport nexus that has operated throughout the world since the late nineteenth century.


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chapter |16 pages


Exploring the War-Peace-Sport Nexus

part I|82 pages

Military and Sporting Cultures

chapter 181|19 pages

Boars as Rebels

Pig-Sticking as a Military Sport for the British Army in India

chapter 3|21 pages

Women, War and Sport

The Battle of the 2019 Solheim Cup

chapter 4|22 pages

Sport Plus the Shooting

Military Vision and the Logic of War in Esports

part II|86 pages

Play On: Negotiating Sporting Practice in a Time of Conflict

chapter 1005|20 pages

‘You Are Absolutely Indifferent to the Call of Your King’

Horse Racing, War and Politics in New Zealand, 1914–1918 1

chapter 6|25 pages

‘Flannelled Fools Are Strutting About Tennis Courts’

Lawn Tennis in Britain During the Great War 1

chapter 7|21 pages

Occupied Scandinavian Brother Nations

Danish and Norwegian Sports During World War Two

chapter 8|18 pages

The General's Vuelta

Cycling and Dictatorship during Colombia's La Violencia, 1953–1958

part III|90 pages

Sports Culture and the Legacy of War

chapter 1869|20 pages

‘What Demobilised Men Want’

Physical Culture and Post-War British Masculinity

chapter 10|23 pages

The ‘Great Game’ and Sport

Identity, Contestation and Irish-British Relations in the Olympic Movement 1

chapter 12|25 pages

Remembering ‘Our Boys’

Football, War and Masculinity in the British Military Spectacular 1

part IV|86 pages

Playing for Peace: Cultural Diplomacy or Pacification?

chapter 27613|20 pages

Overcoming Antipathy for Internationalism?

Britain and the 1920 Olympic Games

chapter 14|18 pages

War and Sport in ‘French’ Algeria

From Pacification to Decolonization

chapter 15|22 pages

‘A Fine Example of Brotherhood and Sportsmanship’

The 1964 Tokyo Summer Olympic Games in the Era of the ‘Little Détente’

chapter 16|24 pages

Replacing Bullets with Balls

Sport for Peace in the FARC Demobilization and Reincorporation Camps