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Sport in Soviet Society : Development of Sport and Physical Education in Russia and the USSR - James Riordan

Sport in Soviet Society

Development of Sport and Physical Education in Russia and the USSR

Paperback Published: 22nd September 1980
ISBN: 9780521280235
Number Of Pages: 446

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The role and development of sport in Soviet society received little contemporary attention, in the West or in Russia. Although it was widely banned after the Russian Revolution, and viewed as a tool developed by the bourgeoisie for the training of body and mind during the rise of capitalism, the USSR was among the world's sporting powers. This 1977 book examines the evolution of sport in Russia from its early association with health and hygiene, through a period of functional association with labour and defence, to its post-war importance as a means of enhancing the prestige of Soviet communism abroad. The historical role of Soviet sport is followed from the considerable part that sport played during the period of rapid industrialisation, through its strange fate during the years of mass repression, to its emergence as a major institution after the Second World War.

The beginnings of an organised sports movement, 1861-1917
The ideological roots of Soviet physical education and sport
Militarisation of sport, 1917-1920
Years of physical culture. 1921-1929
Industrialisation and competitive sport, 1929-1941
World War II, 1941-1945: the supreme test of physical training
Restoration and consolidation, 1945-1958: aiming for world supremacy in sport
The later post-war years: urban life and leisure
Contemporary organisation of Soviet sport and physical education
Social aspects of sport: the military, peasants, nationalities, women and schoolchildren
Soviet sport and Soviet foreign policy; Conclusions
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ISBN: 9780521280235
ISBN-10: 0521280230
Series: Cambridge Russian, Soviet and Post-Soviet Studies
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 446
Published: 22nd September 1980
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97  x 2.52
Weight (kg): 0.56