Modern Olympics: A Struggle for Revival (POD) Paperback – 15 January 2003
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- Publisher : Johns Hopkins University Press; 1st edition (15 January 2003)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 272 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0801872073
- ISBN-13 : 978-0801872075
- Dimensions : 15.24 x 1.6 x 22.86 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 827,159 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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""Young has provided us with a carefully researched examination of two important and much misunderstood episodes in Modern Olympic history, the genesis of the most vigorous and successful early attempts to organize Olympic Games in modern context... Far and away themost authoritative and comprehensive portrayal of the subject yet produced... The corpus of research data produced by Young in this study is far beyond admiration, it is altogether staggering.""
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Chief among those giants was William Penny Brookes, of Much Wenlock, Shropshire, England. From this obscure town, Brookes, in the latter half of the nineteenth century, began an Olympic movement (the games he founded still exist). David C. Young tracks Brookes, and the games (once national in scope) he founded, and Brookes' contacts with and inspiration of de Coubertin.
Young also traces the Athens games, long forgotten, which predated 1896, and another giant, Evangelis Zappas, who gave money and energy to put on these games.
Young also traces the struggle to put on the 1896 Athens games, and gives us a blow by blow account of those games themselves--at which de Coubertin was little thanked. He also gives us a brief, but interesting explanation of why the 1906 Intercalary Olympic Games took place in Athens, and their contribution to the Olympic movement, which in many ways exceeded those of the other early Olympics.
Young sheds light on the background of the modern Olympics, and on figures too long forgotten.