In Diplomatic Games, a team of international scholars examines how the nexus of sport and foreign relations has driven political and cultural change since 1945, demonstrating how governments have used athletic competition to maintain and strengthen alliances, promote policies, and increase national prestige. The contributors investigate topics such as China's use of sports to oppose Western imperialism, the ways in which sports helped bring an end to apartheid in South Africa, and the impact of the United States' 1980 Olympic boycott on U.S.-Soviet relations. Bringing together innovative scholarship from around the globe, this groundbreaking collection makes a compelling case for the use of sport as a lens through which to view international relations.
Publisher: The University Press of Kentucky
Number of pages: 406
Weight: 844 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 36 mm
"Makes a real contribution to the field of international history. This volume will enlarge our understanding of public diplomacy and the importance that sports has had for its practice." -- Brian C. Etheridge, University of Baltimore
""This volume makes a significant contribution to historical knowledge and understanding in the sphere of the diplomacy of sport. The American politico-sporting scene occupies center stage, but due regard is paid to non-American topics. Moreover, the book meets the editors' aim to provide a framework of reference for future research and publications on the interaction between sport and diplomacy."--Peter J. Beck, Scoring for Britain: International Football and International Politics 1900-1939" --
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