- Hardcover: 296 pages
- Publisher: Greenwood Press (30 Jan. 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0313316104
- ISBN-13: 978-0313316104
- Product Dimensions: 24.2 x 16.6 x 2.6 cm
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,937,996 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Sports and Games of the 18th and 19th Centuries (Sports & Games Through History) Hardcover – 30 Jan 2003
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"Crego presents an informative overview of 18th- and 19th-century sports and games in seven geopolitical world regions...Crego presents rules of the games and equipment requisite for play, providing readers with the opportunity to re-create the regional sports. A splendid read! Highly recommended. Lower-division undergraduates through faculty and professionals." - Choice --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
About the Author
ROBERT CREGO is an accomplished sportswriter and long distance runner. This is his first book. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
Inside This Book(Learn More)
Though many of the traditional African sports and games discussed below date back to ancient times, their prevalence throughout the continent was diminished greatly during the 18th and 19th centuries. Read the first page
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Similarly the boxing: So, he gets Fleischer's book and a couple of things online. Please do not consider this as anything but a sloppy pass through of bareknuckle fighting. Where's Figg? And Mendoza was not the first to introduce science to the sport, it was Broughton who introduced blocking, stopping, retrograde motion and footwork. George Taylor, 2nd champion, introduced various fencing moves, thrust and parry, into the sport. Mendoza took these a level higher, he did not invent it. Wrestling? Slap-dash, nothing about catch-as-catch can, a basis for wrestling in Britain, Lancashire style or Cornish, again the foundation for much of the country wrestling which formed the backbone of this sport.
But, you can read all you want about sports 'invented' in the 1890s and developed in the 20th century (netball anyone)? including rules. It may have been easier for a lazy author to find, but it is is not the supposed intent of the book, and individuals looking to find ACTUAL data about 18th and 19th century sports will be either mislead, or disappointed.
These are only some examples, and it makes me pretty much disregard the rest of the book as no doubt similarly flawed. Understandably, there are only so many pages to cover these things and it's an overview book, but a great deal of the stuff irrelevant to the subject of the book could have been simply eliminated, and the space used to enlarge upon the original intent of the book, giving readers what they actually came for. The author has a pleasant, economical writing style, he doesn't waste words, he's obviously a professional, but he seems to have written this on his lunch hour, was a lazy researcher, needs a decent editor and a refocussing. He could have done so much better.
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