Games obsessed the Victorian and Edwardian public schools. The obsession has become widely known as athleticism. When it appeared in 1981, this book was the first major study of the games ethos which dominated the lives of many Victorian and Edwardian public schoolboys. Written with Professor Mangan's customary panache, it has become a classic, the seminal work on the social and cultural history of modern sport.

chapter |9 pages


part |1 pages

Part I: The Growth of the Ideology

chapter 1|9 pages

Reformation, indifference and liberty

chapter 2|21 pages

Licence, antidote and emulation

chapter 3|25 pages

Idealism, idealists and rejection

chapter 4|29 pages

Compulsion, conformity and allegiance

part |1 pages

Part II: The Forces of Ideological Lonsolidation

part |1 pages


chapter VI|10 pages

'Poets' of athleticism