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By Dilwyn Porter, Adrian Smith

What's the dating among recreation and nationwide id? What can activity let us know approximately altering perceptions of nationwide identification? Bringing jointly the paintings of confirmed historians and more youthful commentators, this illuminating textual content surveys the final half-century, giving due realization to where of recreation in our social and political historical past. It comprises stories of: · English soccer and British decline · Englishness and recreation · Ethnicity and nationalism in Scotland · Social swap and nationwide satisfaction in Wales · Irish foreign soccer and Irishness · recreation and identification in South Africa · Cricket and identification difficulty within the Caribbean · Baseball, exceptionalism and American recreation · renowned mythology surrounding the wearing competition among New Zealand and Australia Sport and nationwide identification within the Post-War World offers a wealth of unique study into modern social heritage and offers illuminating fabric for historians and sociologists alike.

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At some point its people joined the affluent society, an event signalled by a sudden surge in the sale of consumer goods hitherto regarded as luxuries. 9 million. ‘Most of us’, it should be remembered, ‘spend a lot of time watching television . . 5 million. 54 Ironically, this transformation was accompanied by numerous reminders that Britain was no longer a Great Power on the world stage. In the immediate post-Suez era, independence was yielded to colony after colony. Britain had lost an empire; its role in a world dominated by the two post-war superpowers was a matter for nervous conjecture.

3 Guardian, 12 February 2003. 4 T. Edensor, National Identity, Popular Culture and Everyday Life, Oxford: Berg, 2002, p. 69. 5 K. Cameron, ‘Introduction’, in K. ) National Identity, Exeter: Intellect Books, 1999, p. 1. 6 For various aspects of immigration and settlement, see P. Fryer, Staying Power: The History of Black People in Britain, London: Pluto, 1984; C. Holmes, John Bull’s Island: Immigration and British Society 1871–1971, Basingstoke: Macmillan, 1988; C. Holmes, A Tolerant Country? Immigrants, Refugees and Minorities in Britain, London: Faber and Faber, 1991; P.

Reporting facilities were primitive, thwarting Fleet Street journalists who might otherwise have given the story the sensationalist treatment it merited. There was, moreover, no television coverage. 40 Though it was possible to write off a freakish result at a distant South American venue, intensive press interest in England’s home performances was inescapable. In the 1950s and early 1960s press coverage of sport expanded in mass circulation titles, like the Daily Mirror and the English football and British decline 39 Daily Express, as well as in middle and upmarket newspapers.

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