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Rugby League Twentieth Century Britian

"Rugby League in Twentieth Century Britain" is the follow-up volume to the award-winning Rugby's Great Split. Following on from that work, the book offers a social and cultural history of rugby league in the twentieth century, from World War One to the 'Super League' controversy of 1995.
Based on extensive archival research, it situates the sport in the changing culture of the north of England. It seeks to examine the cultural, social and economic basis of the sport amidst the changes to the industrial and social landscape of the north in the twentieth century. Central to this is the book's discussion of the nature of Northern English identity. In addition, it also looks at rugby league's relationship with the British empire (via its links with Australia and New Zealand), its war with rugby union (using the previously unopened archives of the Rugby Football Union) and the centrality of working-class masculinity to northern culture.
Like its predecessor, the book will appeal to sports historiansand sociologists, historians interested in regional, cultural and gender history, graduate and undergraduate history, sociology and sports studies students, and followers of rugby league, and sport in general.
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Table of Contents

Preface Introduction 1. Rugby League and the First World War 2. League on the Dole? The game in the depression years 3. Masters and Servants: The Professional Player 1919-39 4. Wembley and the Road from Wigan Peir 5. Rugby League in the 'Peoples' War' 6. From Boom to Bust 1945-75 7. 'Chess with Muscles': The Rules of the Game 8. The Kangaroo Connection: Anglo-Australian Rugby League 9. 'Sporting Apartheid': Rugby Union's War against Rugby League 10. The Working-Man's Game: Class, Gender and Race 11. The Other Amateurs: Beyond the Heartlands 12. From Slump to Super League 1975-1995 13. A Proletariat at Play Appendices Bibliography


'It is only a slight exaggeration to say that this is the book rugby league has needed for the past 111 years.' - The Independent, September 2006 'There is no doubt that Tony Collins's Rugby League in 20th Century Britain is the major [sports] publishing event of the year. Treasures lurk on every page to make it worth every penny.' - Independent 'A landmark in the historiography of British sport', Matthew Taylor, Sport in History

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