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Mega Event Planning

The Popular Front and the Barcelona 1936 Popular Olympics

Playing as if the World Was Watching

Authors: Stout, James

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  • The first significant text examining the 1936 Popular Olympics in the English language
  • Examines poster art, Catalan and Spanish Archives, and collections of documents in the UK and the USA, to trace the promotion and participation of the games as well as their international funding 
  • Responds to a growing interest in sports history as well as in Catalan independence and anti-fascism
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About this book

This book deals with the events leading up to the 1936 Popular Olympics which would have united the Popular Front in opposition to the Berlin Olympics. It also discusses the days after the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War which began on the same day the games were due to start. Using a variety of primary and secondary sources, the book traces the biographies of several Popular Olympians who would go on to volunteer in the Spanish Civil War. The book also examines the planned events and locations for the Popular Olympics as well as the international funding that the games secured. The book argues that the events were a departure from Workers’ Sport as well as the IOC’s Olympic games and represented an important cultural manifestation of the Popular Front.

About the authors

James E Stout, PhD, is an Adjunct Professor of World History at San Diego Mesa College, USA. His work focuses on sport and identity in Catalonia. He also writes articles for several outdoor publications and runs a not for profit organization dedicated to helping indigenous people in the USA through peer mentored exercise programs.

Reviews

“Stout’s book, ostensibly the tale of a little-known and never-celebrated sporting event prevented and overshadowed by the ultimately successful military uprising that took place in Spain on 18 July 1936, is in fact an excellent case study of a host of historical – but also current – phenomena. These include: bureaucratic short-sightedness in the face of insidiously advancing fascism; the power of a mobilized Left to accomplish impressive feats of international anti-fascist coordination; regionalisms that continue to challenge unitary models of Spanish nationhood; and political instrumentalizations of sport. In our present age of Russian athletic doping; of multi-billion-dollar sports merchandise industries and the use of products like football shirts to make political statements ranging from representation of mid-2000s England as progressively multicultural to the existence of discrete Catalan and Tibetan national identities; and of rising support for and visibility of far-right political movements across Europe and in the United States; Stout’s history of the 1936 Popular Olympics is patently highly relevant and tells a surprisingly big story.” (Alejandro J. Gómez del Moral, University Lecturer, University of Helsinki)

Table of contents (8 chapters)

Table of contents (8 chapters)

Buy this book

eBook $44.99
price for USA in USD (gross)
  • ISBN 978-981-13-8071-6
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $59.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-981-13-8070-9
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Popular Front and the Barcelona 1936 Popular Olympics
Book Subtitle
Playing as if the World Was Watching
Authors
Series Title
Mega Event Planning
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Palgrave Pivot
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-981-13-8071-6
DOI
10.1007/978-981-13-8071-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-981-13-8070-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXI, 136
Number of Illustrations
3 b/w illustrations
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