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Series: Sport and Society
Publication Date: 12 Aug 2003
Suitable for: Secondary
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The 1936 Olympic Games played a key role in the development of both Hitler's Third Reich and international sporting competition. The Nazi Olympics gathers essays by modern scholars from prominent participating countries and lays out the issues--sporting as well as political--surrounding the involvement of individual nations. The volume opens with an analysis of Germany's preparations for the Games and the attempts by the Nazi regime to allay the international concerns about Hitler's racist ideals and expansionist ambitions. Essays follow on the United States, Great Britain, and France--top-tier Olympian nations with misgivings about participation--as well as Germany's future Axis partners Italy and Japan. Other contributions examine the issues involved for Finland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, and the Netherlands. Throughout, the authors reveal the high political stakes surrounding the Games and how the Nazi Olympics distilled critical geopolitical issues of the time into a spectacle of sport.
Germany - the propaganda machine by Arnd Kreuger
United States of America - the crucial battle by Arnd Kreuger
Great Britain - the amateur tradition by Richard Holt
France - liberty equality and the pursuit of fraternity by William Murray
Italy - Mussolini's boys at Hitler's Olympics by Gigliola Gori
Japan - the future in the past by Tetsuo Nakamura
Finland - the promised land of Olympic sports by Leena Laine
Sweden - business as usual by Lars-Olof Wilander
Norway - Germany the Nazis and a small neighbour by Matti Goksjr
Denmark - living with reality by Jrn Hansen
Netherlands - in the shadow of big brother by Andr e Swijtink.