Power, Politics, and the Olympic Games PDF
EbookPower, Politics, and the Olympic Games offers the most up-to-date and comprehensive history of the Olympic movement on the market. It is not a record book full of sterile results and statistics. Rather, it is an insightful and accessible exploration of the history of the Olympics and how big a role politics has played since the modern Games began in 1896. The book covers the entire 20th century and includes Sydney's bid and preparation for their 2000 Games.
This book provides an analytical and judicious interpretation of the myths surrounding the games and shows you the political and economic realities as ritual, sports, politics, and show business are combined in the largest regularly scheduled international gathering in the world. You'll learn who serves on the International Olympic Committee and what they do, how the various host cities are chosen, and even which countries, teams, and athletes get to participate. The unique visibility of the Games make them an attractive target for political and social causes, and Power, Politics, and the Olympic Games discusses in detail many of these controversies.
Many of today's controversies are not all that new, and Power, Politics, and the Olympic Games offers you a unique historical perspective into the who, what, when, where, how, and—most importantly—why behind the many disputes and conflicts that have plagued the modern Games.
Table of ContentsPart I. The Formative Years
Chapter 1. The Olympic Family
Chapter 2. Coubertin’s Creation
Chapter 3. Starting Anew
Chapter 4. The Berlin Games
Part II. The Brundage Era
Chapter 5. Another War
Chapter 6. Entry of the Soviets
Chapter 7. The Cold War Arena
Chapter 8. Brundage: The Idealist at the Helm
Chapter 9. The Issue of Political Discrimination
Chapter 10. Brundage’s Troubled Last Term
Part III. “Opening” the Games
Chapter 11. Seeking the Lee
Chapter 12. Boycott!
Chapter 13. …and Again!
Chapter 14. Reconstructing the Olympic Edifice
Chapter 15. The Last Cold War Games
Chapter 16. The Collapse of the Soviet Union
Chapter 17. The Capitalist Centennial Games
Chapter 18. From Atlanta to Nagano
Chapter 19. Entering the 21st Century
Reviews“A useful and very reliable history of the modern Olympics.”
“Power, Politics, and the Olympic Games comfortably weaves together the many perspectives of the Olympic movement and the Games.”
Peter V. Ueberroth
President, Los Angeles (1984) Olympic Organizing Committee
“Extensive use of the Avery Brundage archive and access to Soviet scholarship help differentiate this broad survey of Olympic history from most other works. There is a wealth of information that will be the starting point for serious Olympic scholars of the future.”
Richard W. Pound
Vice President, International Olympic Committee
“This scholarly yet very readable book, which explores what the author calls a clash of myth and reality, makes it clear that the invasion of the Olympic Games by politics is by no means a new phenomenon . . . that it was there from the movement’s infancy. It became more overt, more thuggish, more multidimensional with the years, but as early as 1908 the idealistic Baron Pierre de Coubertin was lamenting that his Games had become ‘an affair of state.’ In cataloging such aspects as the Hitler Games, the Cold War, the boycotts, terrorism, the effects of television, commercialism, and sponsorships, Senn is dry-eyed and detached. His intention is to make people aware that power and politics are integral to the Games, and that, if anything, the situation will intensify. His work is a candid, welcome addition to the literature of the Olympics."
Australian Olympic Historian
Author of Australia and the Olympic Games