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Author Hill, Christopher R.

Title Olympic politics / Christopher R. Hill.

Published Manchester, UK ; New York : Manchester University Press ; New York, NY : Distributed exclusively in the USA and Canada by St. Martin's Press, [1996]


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  796.48 HILL    AVAILABLE
Edition 2nd ed.
Physical description xv, 283 pages ; 23 cm
Notes Cover subtitle: Athens to Atlanta, 1896-1996.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages [265]-269) and index.
Contents I. Baron Pierre de Coubertin and the revival of the Games -- II. The primacy of politics in the Olympic movement -- III. Power and authority in the Olympic movement -- IV. Financing the Games -- V. Bidding for the Games: the British experience -- VI. The Moscow Games of 1980 -- VII. The Los Angeles Games of 1984 -- VIII. The Seoul Games of 1988 -- IX. The Barcelona Games of 1992 -- X. South Africa and the Olympic Games -- XI. Atlanta 1996 -- XII. The Olympics in the third millennium.
Summary This comprehensively rewritten and updated edition investigates the politics behind a hundred years of Olympic history, from Baron de Coubertin's revival of the games to Atlanta in 1996. Christopher R. Hill begins by explaining why politics have always been central to the Olympic movement, and by investigating who holds power within it, how it is financed and how the costly process of bidding for the games works. He then covers the Olympics' recent history: the Cold War games of Moscow 1980 and Los Angles 1984; Seoul 1988, a highly successful PR exercise by the Korean government: and Barcelona 1992, arguably the most commercial and televisual games in history.
A major new section covers the story of the South Africa's exclusion from the Olympics which ended in 1992, and there is also coverage of the background to Atlanta's successful bid and preparations. The book finishes by asking where the Olympic movement is heading, and whether 'gigantism', both in terms of the scale of the games and the movement's sense of its own importance, threaten its future.
Subject Olympics -- Political aspects.
Olympics -- History.
Olympic Games.
Overseas item.
Variant Title Olympic politics : Athens to Atlanta 1896-1996.
Other title Olympic politics: Athens to Atlanta, 1896-1996.
ISBN 0719044502
0719044510 (paperback: alk. paper)