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dc.contributor.authorTaylor, Matthewen
dc.date.accessioned2016-11-18T13:08:24Z
dc.date.available2016-11-18T13:08:24Z
dc.date.issued2016-10-17
dc.identifier.citationTaylor, M. (2016) Sport and Civilian Morale in Second World War Britain. Journal of Contemporary History, 53 (2), pp. 315-338en
dc.identifier.issn1461-7250
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2086/12861
dc.descriptionThe file attached to this record is the author's final peer reviewed version. The Publisher's final version can be found by following the DOI link.en
dc.description.abstractCivilian morale has been a key topic for historians of wartime Britain. Understanding the government’s concern with maintaining the spirits of the civilian population has led to considerable analysis of wartime entertainment and recreation. Yet historians have had surprisingly little to say about the role of organized sport. This article remedies this situation by exploring the factors involved in the development of policy in relation to the three most popular spectator sports in wartime Britain: greyhound racing, horse racing and association football. It argues that while the government recognized the value of sport in sustaining morale, policy was never fixed. On the contrary, it was subject to a range of shifting considerations and interests related to public safety, war work, transport and public and political opinion, the relative importance of which varied throughout the conflict. The article also contends that social class played a key role in informing official policy and public attitudes towards sport, and in determining whose morale was prioritized on each occasion.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherSageen
dc.subjectcivilianen
dc.subjectgovernmenten
dc.subjectmoraleen
dc.subjectsporten
dc.subjectwartimeen
dc.titleSport and Civilian Morale in Second World War Britainen
dc.typeArticleen
dc.identifier.doihttp://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0022009416652716
dc.researchgroupInternational Centre for Sports History and Cultureen
dc.peerreviewedYesen
dc.explorer.multimediaNoen
dc.funderN/Aen
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dc.cclicenceCC-BY-NCen
dc.date.acceptance2016-03-24en
dc.researchinstituteInstitute of Historyen


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