Sport Italia: The Italian Love Affair With Sport by Simon MartinSport Italia: The Italian Love Affair With Sport by Simon Martin

Sport Italia: The Italian Love Affair With Sport

bySimon Martin

Hardcover | August 15, 2011

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The Italian love affair with sport is passionate, voracious, and all-consuming. It provides a backdrop and a narrative to almost every aspect of daily life in Italy and the distinctively pink-colored newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport is devoured by more than three million hungry readers every day.
Narrating the history of modern Italy through its national passion for sport, Sport Italia provides a completely new portrayal of one of Europe’s most alluring, yet contradictory countries, tracing the highs and lows of Italy’s sporting history from its Liberal pioneers through Mussolini, the 1960 Rome Olympics to the Berlusconi era. By interweaving essential themes of Italian history, its politics, society, and economy with a history of the passion for sport in the country, Simon Martin tells the story of modern Italy in a fresh, new, and interesting way, illustrating how and why sport is so strongly embedded in both politics and society, and how it is inseparable from the concept of Italian national identity. Showing sport’s capacity to both unite and deeply divide, this book reveals a novel and previously unexplored element of the history of a society and its state, which will be an essential read for sports fans, historians, and students alike.
Simon Martin is the author of Football and Fascism: The National Game under Mussolini which was awarded the Lord Aberdare Literary Prize for Sports History in 2004. He currently teaches at the American University in Rome and is a Research Fellow at the University of Hertfordshire and the British School at Rome. He holds a PhD from Uni...
Title:Sport Italia: The Italian Love Affair With SportFormat:HardcoverDimensions:320 pages, 9.32 × 6.36 × 1.2 inPublished:August 15, 2011Publisher:I.B. Tauris Company Ltd.Language:English

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ISBN - 10:1845118200

ISBN - 13:9781845118204

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Table of Contents

Introduction * From Unification to Disintegration: Leisure and Liberal Italy *  'Soldiers of Sport' and 'Athletes of Fascism': Sport and Mussolini's Italy * Dictatorship and Democracy: From the Duce to De Gasperi * Reconstruction Italy: A Hot Economy in a Cold War * Terrorists, Trade Unionists and Televisions: Italy's Cultural Revolution * Berlusconi's Italy: The Politics of Football * A Dirty Game and Clean Feet - Moggiopoli, Piedi Puliti and the Crisis of Calcio * Conclusion: Everything Must Change if Things are to Remain the Same?

Editorial Reviews

"Martin's book explores the integral role of sport on Italy's identity. It's an ambitious study, but one the author backs up with stacks of insight and diligent research." --FourFourTwo Magazine (UK)