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Recent release: Rethinking the Olympics. Cultural Histories of the Modern Games.

Robert K. Barney (ed.). Rethinking the Olympics. Cultural Histories of the Modern Games. Morgantown, WV: Fitness Info Tech, 2010. 368 pp. ISBN 978-1935412052.


This anthology of essays previously published in Olympika: The International Journal of Olympic Studies, addresses key themes in the scholarly study of the Games. Part I presents seven articles devoted to Olympic history: the Games' legacy from antiquity, their modern evolution, and the most controversial Games of the modern era, the Berlin Games of 1936. Part II deals with the persistent problems and crises that confounded and defined the Olympic Games over time. The nine essays in this section focus on a variety of issues such as: performance enhancement; the rise of commercialism; enduring controversies in the form of leadership, corruption, and the Cold War; and the politics of hosting Olympic Games. Finally, in Part III, the future of the Olympic Movement is addressed from the perspective of the rapidly accelerating and mushrooming processes of globalization.

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Publication:Olympika: The International Journal of Olympic Studies
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Date:Jan 1, 2010
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