East Plays West: Sport and the Cold War
The Cold War spanned some five decades from the devastation that remained after World War Two until the fall of the Berlin wall, and for much of that time the perception was that only on the Eastern side were politics and sport inextricably linked. However, this assumption underestimates the extent to which sport was an important symbol for both power blocs in their ongoing ideological struggle.
This collection of essays from leading international authorities on sport, culture and ideology brings together an impressive body of work organized around key political themes and outstanding moments in sport, and is at once a political history of sport and an illuminating new perspective on the forces that shaped this unsettled time.
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war minus the shooting?
steroid Übermenschen and ballbearing females
sports bureacracy and the Soviet Unions entrance into the Olympic Games 19461952
symbolic resistance and international response in Hungarian water polo at the Melbourne Olympics 1956
BritishEuropean encounters in the 1940s and 1950s
SovietBritish athletics relations 19451960
Olympic sport and the popular press in early Cold War Britain
physical education and US fears of a depleted masculinity 19541963
Cuban baseball the United States and the Cold War
US foreign policy and the integration of sports
narrating the 1980 USSRUS mens Olympic ice hockey match and Cold War politics
explaining the boycotts to their own people
Chinas relationship with the IOC during the Cold War
implications for Russia and Eastern Europe
Cold War fantasies in a perpetual state of war
sport and antiAmericanism in South Korea