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by William C. Kirby,Guoqi Xu

Category: Earth Sciences
Subcategory: Science books
Author: William C. Kirby,Guoqi Xu
ISBN: 0674028406
ISBN13: 978-0674028401
Language: English
Publisher: Harvard University Press (May 31, 2008)
Pages: 392
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O ly m p i c D ream s China and Sports 1895–2008 Xu Guoqi. Contents Foreword by William C. Kirby Note on Romanization Introduction. ix xii 1. 1. Strengthening the Nation with Warlike Spirit.

O ly m p i c D ream s China and Sports 1895–2008 Xu Guoqi. Harvard University Press Cambridge, Massachusetts London, England 2008. Olympic dreams : China and sports, 1895–2008, Xu Guoqi. p. cm. Includes bibliographical references and index.

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Olympic Dreams ★ O ly m p i c D ream s China and Sports 1895–2008 Xu Guoqi Harvard University . William C. Kirby Geisinger Professor of History and Director, Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies Harvard University. xi. Note on Romanization.

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Read this book using Google Play Books app on your PC, android, iOS devices. Download for offline reading, highlight, bookmark or take notes while you read Olympic Dreams: China and Sports, 1895-2008. Already the world has seen the political, economic, and cultural significance of hosting the 2008 Olympics in Beijing-in policies instituted and altered, positions softened, projects undertaken. But will the Olympics make a lasting difference? This book approaches questions about the nature and future of China through the lens of sports-particularly as sports finds its utmost international expression in the Olympics.

Guoqi Xu, William C. Kirby. But will the Olympics make. But will the Olympics make a lasting difference? This book approaches questions about the nature and future of China through the lens of sports-particularly as sports finds its utmost international expression in the Olympics

William C. Kirby (Chinese: 柯伟林; pinyin: Kē Wěilín; born 1950) is T. M. Chang Professor of China Studies and Spangler Family Professor of Business Administration at Harvard University.

William C. He is the former Director of Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies, Chairman of the Harvard China Fund, and the former Dean of the Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences. After a four-year tenure he announced on January 27, 2006 that he would resign as Dean.

accomplished study of China and sport. Where "Olympic Dreams" scores highest is in describing and explaining the importance of the Olympic Games to China's self-esteem and its sense of belonging on the international stage, and how successive leaders have focused on the powerful political platform the event provides". Clifford Coonan "In this history of sports in China over the past century, Xu accents the cultural intertwining of athletics and politics as the country continually increases its emphasis on the former to enhance its stature in the world".

Michael Rank discovers how China came to love competitive sport Exactly 100 years ago a Chinese YMCA lecturer had a dream - that one day China would host the Olympic games.

Michael Rank discovers how China came to love competitive sport. Exactly 100 years ago a Chinese YMCA lecturer had a dream - that one day China would host the Olympic games. That dream is now about to come true, and this highly readable book traces the history of China's sporting ambition, from an obscure lecture in Tientsin in 1908 to the "high-quality Olympics with Chinese characteristics" that are to open in Beijing next month.

China and Sports, 1895-2008. Foreword by William C. How did the two-China issue nearly kill the 1976 Montreal Olympic Games? And why do the 2008 Olympics present Beijing with unprecedented dangers and opportunities? In exploring these questions, Xu brilliantly articulates a fresh and surprising perspective on China as an international sport superpower as well as a new sick man of East Asia. In Olympic Dreams, he presents an eloquent argument that in the deeply unsettled China of today, sport, as a focus of popular interest, has the capacity to bring about major social changes.

Already the world has seen the political, economic, and cultural significance of hosting the 2008 Olympics in Beijing―in policies instituted and altered, positions softened, projects undertaken. But will the Olympics make a lasting difference? This book approaches questions about the nature and future of China through the lens of sports―particularly as sports finds its utmost international expression in the Olympics.

Drawing on newly available archival sources to analyze a hundred-year perspective on sports in China, Olympic Dreams explores why the country became obsessed with Western sports at the turn of the twentieth century, and how it relates to China’s search for a national and international identity. Through case studies of ping-pong diplomacy and the Chinese handling of various sporting events, the book offers unexpected details and unusual insight into the patterns and processes of China’s foreign policymaking―insights that will help readers understand China’s interactions with the rest of the world.

Among the questions Xu Guoqi brings to the fore are: Why did Mao Zedong choose competitive ping-pong to manipulate world politics? How did the two-China issue nearly kill the 1976 Montreal Olympic Games? And why do the 2008 Olympics present Beijing with unprecedented dangers and opportunities? In exploring these questions, Xu brilliantly articulates a fresh and surprising perspective on China as an international sport superpower as well as a new “sick man of East Asia.” In Olympic Dreams, he presents an eloquent argument that in the deeply unsettled China of today, sport, as a focus of popular interest, has the capacity to bring about major social changes.

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