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Regents of the University of California, San Diego (La Jolla, CA 92093-0013)
Robert S. Edelman (Project Director: January 2014 to December 2019)
Christopher Young (Co Project Director: January 2014 to December 2019)
The Global History of Sport in the Cold War

Three international scholarly workshops over a three-year period addressing the topic of politics and sport during the Cold War, as well as preparation of the resulting papers and associated materials for publication through two print volumes and an open-access website. (36 months)

Sport has long been linked with politics, but never more so than during the Cold War. In this highly precarious time, nations and peoples around the world used sport to promote their political, social, and economic development. The media promoted mega-events between capitalist and Communist athletes as surrogates for diplomatic and military tension. Yet, for all its obvious ideological freighting, sport in this period reflected a complex integration of commerce, celebrity, trans-regional and trans-national fan loyalties. It revealed different and shifting notions of race, class and gender (often within a single nation), and the uneasy mapping of sports and geopolitical allegiances could even make bitter rivals of strategic partners.

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Project fields:
History, General

Collaborative Research

Research Programs

$64,216 (approved)
$64,206 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2014 – 8/31/2017