By Robert J. Lake
Winner of the Lord Aberdare Literary Prize 2015- from the British Society for activities History.
From its introduction within the mid-late 19th century as a garden-party hobby to its improvement right into a hugely commercialised and professionalised high-performance recreation, the background of tennis in Britain displays vital issues in Britain’s social historical past. within the first complete and significant account of the heritage of tennis in Britain, Robert Lake explains how the game’s old roots have formed its modern constitution, and the way the background of tennis can let us know a lot in regards to the heritage of wider British society.
Since its emergence as a spare-time diversion for landed elites, the dominant tradition in British tennis has been one in every of amateurism and exclusion, with tennis sitting along cricket and golfing as a motor vehicle for the replica of middle-class values all through wider British society within the 20th and twenty-first centuries. as a result, the garden Tennis organization has been accused of a failure to advertise inclusion or widen participation, regardless of steadfast efforts to enhance expertise and increase training practices and constructions. Robert Lake examines those subject matters within the context of the worldwide improvement of tennis and significant tactics of commercialisation and social improvement that experience formed either tennis and wider society.
The social historical past of tennis in Britain is a microcosm of late-nineteenth and twentieth-century British social historical past: sustained category strength and sophistication clash; struggles for woman emancipation and racial integration; the decline of empire; and, Britain’s transferring dating with the United States, continental Europe, and Commonwealth international locations. This publication is critical and engaging analyzing for anyone with an curiosity within the background of game or British social history.
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