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The Tour de France : a cultural history

Author: Christopher S Thompson
Publisher: Berkeley, Calif. ; London : University of California Press, ©2008.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : Updated edView all editions and formats
"In this highly original 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 compelling story of the Tour de France from its creation in 1903 to the present. Weaving the words of racers, politicians, Tour organizers, and a host of other commentators together with a wide-ranging analysis of the  Read more...

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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Christopher S Thompson
ISBN: 9780520256309 0520256301 0520247604 9780520247604
OCLC Number: 982145657
Notes: Previous edition: 2006.
Description: xxvi, 385 pages [16] pages of plates : illustrations, map ; 23 cm
Contents: Introduction 1. La Grande Boucle: Cycling, Progress, and Modernity in Twentieth-Century France --
2. Itineraries, Narratives, and Identities in Twentieth-Century France --
3. The Geants de la Route: Gender and Heroism in Twentieth-Century France --
4. L'Auto's Ouvriers de la Pedale: Work, Class, and the Tour de France, 1903-1939 --
5. The Forcats de la Route: Exploits, Exploitation, and the Politics of Athletic Excess, 1903-1939 --
6. What Price Heroism? Work, Sport, and Drugs in Postwar France.
Responsibility: Christopher S. Thompson.


Tells the story of the Tour de France since its creation in 1903. This book links the history of the Tour to key moments and themes in French history. It examines the popularity of Tour racers, and  Read more...


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"There are several books to tell you who first won the yellow jersey or the identity of the youngest post-war winner of the Tour de France, the kind you might receive as a gift. This is sort of book Read more...

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