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Rugby's Great Split: Class, Culture and the Origins of Rugby League Football (Sport in the Global Society) Paperback – 31 May 1998

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  • Paperback: 308 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (31 May 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0714644242
  • ISBN-13: 978-0714644240
  • Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 15.9 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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Praise for the previous edition:

'The outstanding historical work … definitive on the 1895 schism between the two rugby codes.'- Financial Times

'This book is a landmark in the history and historiography of rugby league and of rugby in general.' - Rugby League Express

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Format: Paperback
The book is a superbly written and well researched analysis of the class differentiations and the conflicts between Rugby's governing body and its vast majority of players in the North. This history does not simply contain itself to this one problem but looks at the wide ranging implications of other sports on the split and of the split on other sports. The altercations between Northern Clubs and the governing body are brilliantly analysed and give an insight into the complex and problematic debates within the walls of the Rugby Football Union leading to this "Great Split". It is a history which analyses this period without damning any of the protaginists and yet gives a good showing of the predicaments of the working class. A superb and informative work.
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Format: Hardcover
In the same vain that Rugby League echoes the form and values of the society that created it, so does this book so eloquently capture the feeling. From students of social history and sporting significances, to pure thoroughbred Rugby League fans, this book is a well documented must in bringing to life an era that mapped a sporting destiny. If you feel a passion for modern rugby, you must read this book as it sets out the pattern by which most working class British sports tred by.
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I approached this book with some trepidation. An acedemic analysis from a rugby league perspective? How wrong I was! The author takes what, in my view, is a straight-forward approach to the social issues surrounding the 1895 'split' and I feel so much more enlightened now, having read the book than before.
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