A Social History of Swimming in England, 1800 1918: Splashing in the Serpentine
Covering a time of great social and technological change, this history traces the development of the four classic aquatic disciplines of competitive swimming, diving, synchronized swimming and water polo, with its main focus on racing. Working from the beginnings of municipal recreational swimming, the book fully explores the links between swimming and other aspects of Eng...more
Hardcover, 176 pages
Published December 14th 2007 by Routledge
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This is quite disappointing – it came out as a special issue of a scholarly journal and just doesn’t seem to hold together as a monograph. Although the material included is good, useful, and well put together, it finishes up being series of linked but not integrated studies. There is a good introductory essay that sets the scene well and outlines the big picture but there is no conclusion drawing the strands together or, given the paucity of good historical scholarship on swimming, anything that...more