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The Tour de France : a cultural history

Author: Christopher S Thompson
Publisher: Berkeley : University of California Press, ©2006.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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App. Racers' occupations. "In this history of the world's most famous bicycle race, Christopher S. Thompson, mining previously neglected sources and writing with infectious enthusiasm for his subject, tells the story of the Tour de France from its creation in 1903 to the present. Weaving together the words of racers, politicians, Tour organizers, and a host of other commentators together with a wide-ranging analysis
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Christopher S Thompson
ISBN: 0520247604 9780520247604
OCLC Number: 61285606
Description: x, 385 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm
Contents: La grande boucle : cycling, progress, and modernity --
Itineraries, narratives, and identities --
The géants de la route : gender and heroism --
L'auto's ouvriers de la pédale : work, class, and the Tour de France, 1903-1939 --
The forçats de la route : exploits, exploitation, and the politics of athletic excess, 1903-1939 --
What price heroism? work, sport, and drugs in postwar France.
Responsibility: Christopher S. Thompson.
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Tells the story of the Tour de France from its creation in 1903. This book links the history of the Tour to key moments and themes in French history. It concludes with a discussion of the  Read more...

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"Shows that sport has been for us moderns the ultimate tabula rasa into which we pour our hopes, fears, prejudices and self-interest." - Robert A. Nye, author of Crime, Madness, & Politics in Modern Read more...

 
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