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 activity, the background of tennis in Britain displays very important issues in Britain’s social background. within the first accomplished and demanding 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 heritage of tennis can let us know a lot concerning the historical past 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 all amateurism and exclusion, with tennis sitting along cricket and golfing as a automobile for the replica of middle-class values all through wider British society within the 20th and twenty-first centuries. for this reason, the garden Tennis organization has been accused of a failure to advertise inclusion or widen participation, regardless of steadfast efforts to strengthen expertise and increase training practices and constructions. Robert Lake examines those subject matters within the context of the worldwide improvement of tennis and significant methods of commercialisation and social improvement that experience formed either tennis and wider society.
The social background of tennis in Britain is a microcosm of late-nineteenth and twentieth-century British social heritage: sustained classification strength and sophistication clash; struggles for lady emancipation and racial integration; the decline of empire; and, Britain’s transferring dating with the US, continental Europe, and Commonwealth international locations. This publication is necessary and engaging analyzing for anyone with an curiosity within the heritage of game or British social history.
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