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Serious fun : a history of spectator sports in the USSR

Author: Robert Edelman
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, 1993.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The Big Red Machine," an assemblyline of sober, unsmiling Olympic champions - this was the image that dominated Western thinking about Soviet sports. But for Soviet citizens the experience of watching sports in the USSR was always very different. Soviet spectators paid comparatively little attention to most Olympic sports. They flocked instead to the games they really wanted to watch, rooted for teams and heroes of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Edelman, Robert, 1945-
Serious fun.
New York : Oxford University Press, 1993
(OCoLC)607924386
Online version:
Edelman, Robert, 1945-
Serious fun.
New York : Oxford University Press, 1993
(OCoLC)623321427
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Robert Edelman
ISBN: 0195079485 9780195079487
OCLC Number: 26130190
Description: xvi, 286 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: 1. Socialism and Spectator Sports --
2. The Search for a Mode --
3. The Emergence of Modern Spectator Sports --
4. Internationalism and High Stalinism --
5. Professionals and Amateurs --
International Competition --
6. Entertainment in the Age of Soviet Normalcy --
7. Perestroika and Professionalism (1985-1991) --
8. Bread or Circuses? Choose One!
Responsibility: Robert Edelman.
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This history of Soviet sport starts before the Revolution and comes up to 1991, focusing on three major spectator attractions: soccer, hockey and basketball.  Read more...

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