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Keith Hopkins shows that gladiatorial shows in Ancient Rome turned war into a game, preserved an atmosphere of violence in time of peace, and functioned as a political theatre which allowed...

Germany will be among the favourites to lift the World Cup this summer. But when West Germany won the competition for the first time in 1954 they were the unfancied representatives of a divided nation emerging from defeat and humiliation, says Paul Legg.

Volume: 64 Issue: 7 2014

The great Olympian was born on September 12th, 1913

Volume: 63 Issue: 9 2013

Ed Smith considers contingency, a factor central to both sport and history.

Volume: 62 Issue: 5 2012

The ancient Greek Olympics were just as enmeshed in international politics, national rivalries and commercial pressures as their modern counterpart, says David Gribble.

Volume: 62 Issue: 8 2012

As London gears up for the start of the Olympics next month, David Runciman compares the 2012 games with the London Olympics of 1908 and 1948 to see what they reveal about the changing relationship between politics and sport over the last century.

Volume: 62 Issue: 6 2012

Mihir Bose asks why sport has become so central to modern culture.

Volume: 62 Issue: 5 2012

London 2012 will be the biggest television spectacle ever. Taylor Downing reflects on the extraordinary links between the Olympics and the moving picture throughout their histories.

Volume: 62 Issue: 8 2012

The modern Olympic Games are an international phenomenon, often criticised for their controlling commercialism. However, as Mihir Bose explains, they owe their origins to a  celebrated novel set in an English public school.

Volume: 62 Issue: 8 2012

Queen Anne ordered a racecourse to be built on Ascot Heath in 1711. It was officially opened on August 11th.

Volume: 61 Issue: 8 2011

Mike Marqusee revisits S.M. Toyne’s article, The Early History of Cricket, on the origins and growth of the game, first published in History Today in June 1955.

Volume: 60 Issue: 8 2010

Objects loaded with the history of the Troubles are scattered around Belfast, but sensitivity means the debate about how and where to exhibit them rumbles on, says James Morrison.

Volume: 60 Issue: 3 2010

Football became a potent expression of Algeria’s struggle for independence, never more so than during the dramatic events that preceded the 1958 World Cup, as Martin Evans explains.

Volume: 60 Issue: 7 2010

When the England football team visited Germany in May 1938, diplomatic protocol resulted in the team giving a Nazi salute, writes Trevor Fisher.

Volume: 60 Issue: 6 2010

The modern Olympic movement was inspired by the classical world. But, says Richard Bosworth, when the Italian capital hosted the Games in 1960, the organisers had to offer an image of the city that also took account of its Christian, Renaissance and Fascist pasts.

Volume: 60 Issue: 8 2010

Viv Saunders reveals how sport and society are intertwined.

Issue: 66 2010

Richard Cavendish traces the evolution of today's 'mega-bucks' sports industry back to a small competition in Scotland in the mid-19th Century.

Volume: 60 Issue: 10 2010

Since at least the 18th century, the traditional English summer sport has inspired cartoonists, as Mark Bryant demonstrates.

Volume: 59 Issue 9 2009

Byron’s love affair with bare-knuckle boxing was shared by many of his fellow Romantics, who celebrated this most brutal of sports in verse. John Strachan examines an unlikely match.

Volume: 59 Issue: 1 2009

In 1908 the Olympic movement visited Britain for the first time. Stephen Halliday describes how the British Olympic Association prepared for the Games with barely two years notice.

Volume: 58 Issue: 4 2008

In March 1966, a few months before the England football team won the World Cup, the Football Association lost the trophy. Martin Atherton tells the full, often farcical, story of the theft and recovery of the Jules Rimet Trophy.

Volume: 56 Issue: 6 2006

Mike Huggins revisits the early years of British greyhound racing, the smart modern sports craze of interwar Britain.

Volume: 56 Issue: 5 2006

Richard Cavendish examines the career of all-round sportsman Charles Burgess Fry who died September 7th, 1956.

Volume: 56 Issue: 9 2006

Mike Huggins investigates the origins of Britain’s morass of sporting rivalries.

Volume: 55 Issue: 5 2005

Leslie Ray argues that politics and football have always been inseparable in the land of the ‘hand of God’.

Volume: 54 Issue: 12 2004

Richard Cavendish describes the race in which Roger Bannister ran the first sub-four-minute mile, on May 6th, 1954.

Volume: 54 Issue: 5 2004

Anthony Cross describes the introduction of British games to Russia.

Volume: 53 Issue: 11 2003

Maurice Garin won the first Tour de France, on July 19th, 1903, by a margin of almost three hours.

Volume: 53 Issue: 7 2003

John Walton looks at the hidden problems of crowd safety off the pitch in England in the first half of the twentieth century.

Volume: 53 Issue: 1 2003

William Rubinstein looks at a turning point in America’s national sport.

Volume: 53 Issue: 9 2003

E. John B. Allen looks at the British obsession that converted a mundane mode of transport into an internationally popular winter sport.

Volume: 53 Issue: 4 2003

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