The Historian 160: Sport in History

The magazine of the Historical Association

Published: 1st February 2024


4 Letters

5 Editorial (Read article)

6 Faster, higher, stronger – but don’t try too hard: political and social attitudes underpinning the 1924 Olympics – Steve Illingworth (Read article)

12 Who only history know? Cricket, society, and the historical oversight of sport – Duncan Stone (Read article)

16 The right to fight: women’s boxing in Britain – Matthew Taylor (Read article)

22 A world champion woman swimmer of the 1920s: writing Lilian Harrison into history – Matthew Brown and Pablo Scharagrodsky (Read article)

26 White City: the world’s first Olympic Stadium – Martin Polley (Read article)

31 Out and About in ‘The most Loyal and Ancient City of Taunton’ – Isabella Peach (Read article)

34 The Importance of Truth, Quality and Objectivity in the BBC German Service from 1938 to 1945 – Hattie Simpson (Read article)

43 Friendship on the Cusp, 1924–47’: the circle of Ulster literary male friendships of author Forrest Reid – Michael Kelly (Read article)

46 Opinion: Who was ‘the man of his time’? – Lorenzo Kamel (Read article)

48 Real Lives: Maharaja’s German: Anthony Pohlmann in India – Arunansh Goswami (Read article)

51 Reviews

54 My Favourite History Place: A Short History of Brill – Josephine Glover (Read article)

56 Membership Extra: Britain and the First World War: not just battles – Paula Kitching (Read article)

60 Membership Extra: Why White Liberals Fail: United States politics in an election year – interview with Professor Anthony J Badger (Read article)

63 Membership Extra: The Virtual Branch

Regular features: Access all past editions of our regular features Real Lives, History Abridged, My Favourite History Place and Out & About

Cover image: A scene from Chariots of Fire (1981), a film about the 1924 Olympics (Photo 12 / Alamy)

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