Early Football and the Emergence of Modern Soccer, c.1840-1880
The origins of the modern football codes have attracted considerable attention from historians of sport over the past two decades, resulting in a vigorous debate between the self-described ‘revisionists’, led by Adrian Harvey, and the followers of Eric Dunning, dubbed by their opponents as the ‘orthodox’ view. However, this article argues that both sides commit the same methodological errors: an overestimation of the importance of written rules, an ahistoric view of culture and continuity, and a tendency to view the past through the lens of the present. By re-examining the historical record of early forms of football and presenting a broader contextual perspective for the emergence of the football codes in the 1840 to 1880 period, the article aims to address some of the key historiographical issues that confront historians of sport today.
Citation : Collins, T. (2015) Early Football and the Emergence of Modern Soccer, c. 1840–1880. The International Journal of the History of Sport, 32 (9), pp. 1127-1142
Research Group : International Centre for Sports History and Culture
Peer Reviewed : Yes
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