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Strokes of genius : a history of swimming

Author: Eric Chaline
Publisher: London, UK : Reaktion Books, 2017. ©2017
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
Summary:
Pleasure beckons at the water's edge.' With these words, Eric Chaline celebrates the physicality and sensuality of swimming - attributes that might have contributed to the evolution of the human species. Chaline's comprehensive account surveys swimming from prehistory to the present day. He decodes the earliest human myths to reconstruct swimming's prehistory and history; he explains its role in religious rituals,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Eric Chaline
ISBN: 9781780238197 1780238193
OCLC Number: 979568420
Description: 328 pages : illustrations, map, portraits ; 23 cm
Contents: Introduction --
1. The Aquatic Hominin --
2. Divine Swimmers --
3. Harvesting the Treasures of the Sea --
4. The Art of Swimming --
5. Pure, Clean and Healthy --
6. Bathing Beauties --
7. Temples of Neptune --
8. The Silent World --
9. This Sporting Life --
10. Imaginary Swimmers --
11. The Aquatic Human --
Epilogue.
Other Titles: History of swimming
Responsibility: Eric Chaline.

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In this first comprehensive history of human swimming, Eric Chaline surveys swimming in all its variety and richness, from prehistory to the present day.  Read more...

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