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The Battle of Waterloo, it was said, was won on the playing fields of Eton. In his new book, Dennis Brailsford explores how this can have been so. Here the acclaimed author of serious sporting history takes the first scholarly look at English sport from 1775 to 1815. The period from the middle of the eighteenth century to the middle of the nineteenth has been largely neglected by historians of sport, and yet it saw the establishment of all five classic horse-races, the founding of cricket's ruling body, the MCC, and not only the first recognised championship in boxing but the first transatlantic challenger for the title. Now scholars are beginning to recognise the significance of those years for our sporting inheritance, both its place in and its impact on society in Britain and in many of the outposts of Empire. Dr Brailsford has provided an essential text for academics and general readers alike.
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"This is an all-encompassing account with excellent research notes." The Cricketer "Serious and scholarly yet enormously instructive and entertaining. Essential text for the student of sport." All Sport & Leisure MonthlySynopsis:
This text studies English sport from 1715 to 1830. This period represents the transition from older forms of recreation to modern styles of play. It saw the establishment of all five classic horse races, the founding of what was to become cricket's first ruling body, and not only the first recognized championship in boxing and the first transatlantic challenge, but the onset of women's boxing. The book also includes the early history of fox-hunting, when far from seeking to keep down the fox population its breeding was actively encouraged and some animals were imported from France.
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