The ‘British World’, other worlds, and the five rings: possibilities for trans-imperial histories and historical ‘what ifs’

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Abstract

In the early 1890s an ardent British imperialist proposed a ‘Pan-Britannic Olympics’ that included not only the British Empire but the USA in a plan to use sport to unite the English-speaking peoples of the globe into a world-ruling coalition. While that proposal was eventually bested by the Baron Pierre de Coubertin's movement that created an even more inclusive modern Olympics, the sentiments of the ‘Pan-Britannic’ scheme became in embroiled in debates over the national and imperial uses of international sport. Pondering the role of Coubertin's Olympics in forging a variety of imperial and national identities within the British Empire while also employing speculative alternative histories reveals the complex transnational and trans-imperial dimensions of the Olympics in modern global history.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)868-875
Number of pages8
JournalSport in Society
Volume18
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 9 2015

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  • Cultural Studies

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