South African cricket and British imperialism, 1870-1910

Allen, Dean (2009) South African cricket and British imperialism, 1870-1910. Sport in Society, 12 (4/5). pp. 464-481. ISSN 1743-0437

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During the later years of Queen Victoria's reign, cricket was as popular as ever in the home country while overseas the game's influence had spread to all boundaries of Britain's Empire. It was during this period too that South Africa, one of England's most recent 'cricketing colonies', was experiencing major transition in both society and structure. This essay will explore the early development of cricket in South Africa and investigate its link to British imperialism and colonialism. It will highlight how key agencies and individuals were pivotal in the process of securing the early cricketing ties between England and South Africa. The essay will also investigate the growth of cricket's political significance during the latter part of the nineteenth century - a time when within Britain and her colonies, the game came to symbolize the very essence of an exclusive white, Victorian society.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: C600 Sports Science
V300 History by topic
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation
Depositing User: EPrint Services
Date Deposited: 05 May 2010 15:05
Last Modified: 12 Oct 2019 15:29

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