The Nazi Olympics : sport, politics and appeasement in the 1930s /
edited by Arnd Krüger and William Murray.
Urbana : University of Illinois Press, c2003.
ix, 260 p.
0252028155 (Cloth : alk. paper)
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Urbana : University of Illinois Press, c2003.
0252028155 (Cloth : alk. paper)
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Germany : the propaganda machine / Arnd Krüger -- United States of America : the crucial battle / Arnd Krüger -- Great Britain : the amateur tradition / Richard Holt -- France : liberty, equality, and the pursuit of fraternity / William Murray -- Italy : Mussolini's boys at Hitler's Olympics / Gigliola Gori -- Japan : the future in the past / Tetsuo Nakamura -- Finland : the promised land of Olympic sports / Leena Laine -- Sweden : business as usual / Lars-Olof Wilander -- Norway : Germany, the Nazis, and a small neighbor / Matti Goksjr -- Denmark : living with reality / Jrn Hansen -- Netherlands : in the shadow of big brother / André Swijtink -- Epilogue / Arnd Krüger.
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Appeared in Choice on 2004-04-01:
Deserving a place on the shelf with Richard Mandell's The Nazi Olympics (1971), Allen Guttmann's The Games Must Go On (1984), and Kruger's own Die Olympischen Spiele 1936 und die Weltmeinung (Berlin, 1972), this volume in the "Sport and Society" series is noteworthy for its unique approach to the subject. Each of the dozen essays treats a different participating nation, taking into account both the games themselves and each nation's political response to the rise of Nazism: a threatened US boycott in response to Nazi antisemitism, a Spanish "popular" Olympics in Barcelona, a Dutch parody of the Berlin Games, nonparticipation by the Soviet Union in such a "bourgeois" event, etc. For its part, Nazi Germany played a double game, on the one hand aggressively reoccupying the Rhineland, on the other promulgating an "Olympic pause" in the overt expressions of antisemitism. The book is not all politics. Each contributor focuses on sports as well--in Scandinavia, winter sports; in the US, the star quality of Jesse Owens and other African American athletes. A solid piece of work, the book is served by informative endnotes for each essay and a general bibliographic essay, useful appendix, and serviceable index. ^BSumming Up: Highly recommended. All students of political history and sports; all levels. T. Cripps emeritus, Morgan State University
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ADVANCE"It's a pleasure to read the work of writers who really know their topic. This collection contains some masterful essays which impress the reader with their depth of information and their balanced judgments. There's real drama here and important questions to ask and answer."-- Allen Guttmann, author of The Olympics: A History of the Modern Games
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The 1936 Olympic Games played a key role in the development of both Hitler's Third Reich and international sporting competition. This volume gathers original essays by modern scholars from the Games' most prominent participating countries and lays out the issues -- sporting as well as political -- surrounding individual nations' involvement.The Nazi Olympics opens with an analysis of Germany's preparations for the Games and the attempts by the Nazi regime to allay the international concerns about Hitler's racist ideals and expansionist ambitions.Essays follow on the United States, Great Britain, and France -- three first-class Olympian nations with misgivings about participation -- as well as German ally Italy and future ally Japan. Other essays examine the issues at stake in Finland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, and the Netherlands, which opposed Hitler's politics, despite embodying his Aryan ideal.Challenging the view of sport as a trivial pursuit, this collection reveals exactly how high the political stakes were in 1936 and how the Nazi Olympics distilled many of the critical geopolitical issues of the time into a contest that was anything but trivial.
Table of Contents
Preface and Acknowledgments
Introductionp. 1
Germany: The Propaganda Machinep. 17
United States of America: The Crucial Battlep. 44
Great Britain: The Amateur Traditionp. 70
France: Liberty, Equality, and the Pursuit of Fraternityp. 87
Italy: Mussolini's Boys at Hitler's Olympicsp. 113
Japan: The Future in the Pastp. 127
Finland: The Promised Land of Olympic Sportsp. 145
Sweden: Business as Usualp. 162
Norway: Neighborly Neutralityp. 175
Denmark: Living with Realityp. 195
The Netherlands: In the Shadow of Big Brotherp. 210
Epiloguep. 229
Appendixp. 243
Bibliographic Essayp. 247
Contributorsp. 253
Indexp. 255
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