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Digital Handbook of the History of Sports in Eastern Europe

Comparative social and cultural history of sports in Eastern Europe

Since the late nineteenth century, no other cultural phenomenon has had the reach and penetration of sport across the modern world. No cultural phenomenon has both united and divided groups, regions and nations to anywhere near the extent that sport has. And no cultural phenomenon has permeated so deeply into the lives and lived experiences of individuals from such an array of social, ideological and generational backgrounds. Nothing causes global communication like an international sport event, nothing generates comparable global moments. Sport is important during periods of peace as well as in times of war or conflicts.

The Handbook of the History of Sports in Eastern Europe analyses the social and cultural aspects of the history of sports in Eastern Europe. Four sections survey the development of sports in general, specific features and research trends with regard to the Eastern European historical regions. The second part focuses on central topics of modern historiography of sports in Eastern European contexts and provides a basis for a comparative approach beyond the Eastern European horizon.

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The academic network „Integration and disintegration: Social and cultural history of Eastern European sports and its international perspectives“, funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) and housed at Bonn University, is clustering the research on the history and social and cultural implications of sport. Collaborating with scholars in Germany and other countries the network is developing a comprehensive view of the possibilities and limits of a comparative historiography of sports.

The Institute for Eastern and Southeastern European Studies Regensburg (IOS) edits the Digital Handbook on its web page as part of the DFG-project Osteuropa-Dokumente online (OstDok).


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