Diplomatic Games: Sport, Statecraft, and International by Heather L. Dichter,Andrew L. Johns,Evelyn Mertin,Jenifer

By Heather L. Dichter,Andrew L. Johns,Evelyn Mertin,Jenifer Parks,Aviston D. Downes,Cesar R. Torres,Pascal Charitas,Antonio Sotomayor,John Soares,Kevin B. Witherspoon,Nicholas E. Sarantakes,Wanda Ellen Wakefield,Fan Hong,Lu Zhouxiang,Scott Laderman,Thomas W.

International sporting activities, together with the Olympic video games and the FIFA global Cup, have skilled profound progress in recognition and value because the mid-twentieth century. activities usually facilitate international relations, revealing universal pursuits throughout borders and uniting teams of people that are another way divided via historical past, ethnicity, or politics. in lots of international locations, well known athletes became diplomatic envoys. game is an area within which foreign clash and compromise locate expression, but the effect of activities on overseas relatives has now not been broadly studied by way of scholars.

In Diplomatic Games, a crew of overseas students examines how the nexus of recreation and overseas relatives has pushed political and cultural swap considering that 1945, demonstrating how governments have used athletic festival to take care of and boost alliances, advertise rules, and elevate nationwide status. The members examine issues corresponding to China's use of activities to oppose Western imperialism, the ways that activities helped convey an finish to apartheid in South Africa, and the influence of the U.S.' 1980 Olympic boycott on U.S.-Soviet kin. Bringing jointly cutting edge scholarship from around the world, this groundbreaking assortment makes a compelling case for using game as a lens wherein to view foreign relations.

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