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dc.contributor.authorHall, Joe
dc.date.accessioned2018-06-18T10:54:11Z
dc.date.available2018-06-18T10:54:11Z
dc.date.issued2018-09
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2086/16283
dc.description.abstractThis thesis is the first oral history study of English rugby union. Through personally conducted interviews, it focuses on the experiences of men who played rugby union for England in the post-war, amateur era, and considers what they can tell us about both the sport and the society of which it was a part. The period it covers begins with the end of the Second World War, in 1945, and ends when rugby union ceased to be an amateur sport, in 1995. These fifty years were a time of both change and continuity, and it is a primary concern of this thesis to consider the extent of each in both rugby union and in wider society. Through looking at, in particular, English rugby union’s links with education, its relationship with work in a period in which its players were amateur, and its place on the spectrum of class, this study demonstrates, above all, the durability of rugby union’s social core, even in the midst of outward change to the sport. In doing so, it makes an important contribution to the historiography of both British sport and post-war Britain more generally, arguing for consideration of social continuity among a field largely dominated by notions of change. It also constitutes a unique study of a particular group of middle-class men, and demonstrates that sport – and oral history – can add much to our understanding of post-war social history.en
dc.description.sponsorshipAHRC Collaborative Doctoral Award - World Rugby Museumen
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherDe Montfort Universityen
dc.subjectBritish Historyen
dc.subjectPostwar British Historyen
dc.subjectPostwar Britainen
dc.subjectPostwar Englanden
dc.subjectTwentieth Century Britainen
dc.subjectRugby Historyen
dc.subjectRugby Union Historyen
dc.subjectSports Historyen
dc.subjectOral Historyen
dc.subjectSocial Historyen
dc.subjectBritish Social Historyen
dc.titleAn Oral History of England International Rugby Union Players, 1945-1995en
dc.typeThesis or dissertationen
dc.type.qualificationlevelDoctoralen
dc.type.qualificationnamePhDen


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