By Tony Collins
From the parable of William Webb Ellis to the respect of the 2003 global Cup win, this publication explores the social historical past of rugby union in England.
Ever due to the fact Tom Brown’s Schooldays the game has noticeable itself because the parent of conventional English middle-class values. during this attention-grabbing new heritage, major rugby historian Tony Collins demonstrates how those values have formed the English online game, from the general public colleges to mass spectator recreation, from strict amateurism to international professionalism.
Based on unparalleled entry to the authentic documents of the Rugby soccer Union, and drawing on a powerful array of resources from membership mins to non-public memoirs and modern literature, the e-book explores in vibrant aspect the major occasions, personalities and gamers that experience made English rugby.
From an period of speedy progress on the finish of the 19th century, in the course of the poor losses suffered through the First global conflict and the next ‘rush to rugby’ within the public and grammar colleges, and into the sessions of disorientation and commercialisation within the Sixties via to the current day, the tale of English rugby union can be the tale of the making of contemporary England.
Like all of the absolute best writers on game, Tony Collins makes use of game as a prism in which to higher comprehend either tradition and society. A ground-breaking paintings of either social historical past and game heritage, A Social historical past of English Rugby Union tells a desirable tale of wearing endeavour, masculine id, imperial ideology, social cognizance and the character of Englishness.
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A Social History of English Rugby Union by Tony Collins