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Turf : A Social and Economic History of Horse Racing (Hardcover) (Wary Vamplew)

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This is the second edition of the classic on the history of British horse racing. It provides a detailed and far-ranging social and economic analysis of the major changes in British flat racing, in particular in the period between 1830 and 1939.Four major themes are explored.Firstly, the changing character and structure of the sport.Secondly, the morality of racing, which was a corrupt sport par excellence for much of the nineteenth century.Thirdly, on four categories of participants in racing – jockeys, trainers, owners and breeders. Here, the author assesses whether or not these could make money out of racing.Fourthly, the book examines gambling and its important symbiotic relationship with racing.The televised, sponsored, carefully governed sport today is a vastly different affair from that of the 18th century. Then racing was a free, social event, the highlight of the entertainment calendar for the bulk of the local community.By the late 19th century most race meetings were highly commercial enterprises, requiring payment from all spectators, many of whom had travelled some distance to attend. The excitement and historical interest of these meetings is well captured here.
Number of Pages: 320
Genre: Sports + Recreation, History
Series Title: Classics in Social History
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Natl Book Network
Author: Wary Vamplew
Language: English
Street Date: November 15, 2016
TCIN: 51754968
UPC: 9781911204046
Item Number (DPCI): 248-31-6912
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