The Soccer World Cup of 1938: Politics, Spectacles, and la Culture Physique in Interwar France

@article{Tumblety2008TheSW,
  title={The Soccer World Cup of 1938: Politics, Spectacles, and la Culture Physique in Interwar France},
  author={J. Tumblety},
  journal={French Historical Studies},
  year={2008},
  volume={31},
  pages={77-116}
}
  • J. Tumblety
  • Published 2008
  • Sociology
  • French Historical Studies
I argue that a study of the football World Cup held in stadia throughout France in June 1938 adds to our understanding of the purchase of sport and la culture physique in the late 1930s, showing how far sport had become a commodity integrated into the language and economy of the spectacular. It illuminates the mentalite of late 1930s sportifs as well as that of the intellectuals and politicians who had come to take sport and la culture physique seriously as a source of national salvation, and… Expand
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