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Soft Power Politics - Football and Baseball on the Western Pacific Rim (Sport in the Global Society - Historical Perspectives) [Hardcover]

Rob Hess , Peter Horton , J.A. Mangan

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30 Oct 2013 Sport in the Global Society - Historical Perspectives

Soft Power Politics- Past and Present: Football and Baseball on the Western Pacific Rim illustrates the momentous expanse and moment of sport in the Asia Pacific region and through these essays dealing with two of the most prodigious global team sports confronts various cultural clashes that Samuel Huntington would ensure the end of civilisation. They also demonstrate the power sport has to change the world and to inspire and unite people globally. All who sail under the flag of ‘Sport’, as ingenuous as it may seem to the host of cynics that abounds, believe that dialogues that emerge from arguments included in this text represent communication of the highest order and have the potential to produce the cohesion that can close some of those cracks that Huntington said would open up along, what he called the fault lines between civilisations.

This book was published as a special issue of the International Journal of the History of Sport.


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Rob Hess, Associate Professor College of Sport & Exercise Science at Victoria University. He is an Academic Editor of the IJHS, and is the President of the Australian Society for Sports History,

Peter Horton, a Senior Lecturer at James Cook University and Fellow of the Cairns Institute is a member of the Academic Editorial teams of: Africa, Australasia and the Pacific and Asia of the IJHS.

J.A. Mangan, Emeritus Professor, University of Strathclyde, (FRHS, FRAI, D. Litt.l) and Adjunct Professor of the Cairns Institute, is the Founding Editor of The International Journal of the History of Sport and the series Sport in the Global Society.


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