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The Olympics and the Cold War 1948 1968 by Erin Elizabeth Redihan

Title The Olympics and the Cold War 1948 1968
Author Erin Elizabeth Redihan
Publisher McFarland
Release 2017-02-28
Category Sports & Recreation
Total Pages 272
ISBN 1476627282
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

For Olympic athletes, fans and the media alike, the games bring out the best sport has to offer—unity, patriotism, friendly competition and the potential for stunning upsets. Yet wherever international competition occurs, politics are never far removed. Early in the Cold War, when all U.S.–Soviet interactions were treated as potential matters of life and death, each side tried to manipulate the International Olympic Committee. Despite the IOC’s efforts to keep the games apolitical, they were quickly drawn into the superpowers’ global struggle for supremacy, with medal counts the ultimate prize. Based on IOC, U.S. government and contemporary media sources, this book looks at six consecutive Olympiads to show how high the stakes became once the Soviets began competing in 1952, threatening America’s athletic supremacy.

Winning Hearts and Medals by Erin Elizabeth Redihan

Title Winning Hearts and Medals
Author Erin Elizabeth Redihan
Publisher
Release 2015
Category Cold War
Total Pages 394
ISBN
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Despite IOC president Avery Brundage’s and others’ best efforts to keep the Olympic Games free of political concerns, politics had become a driving force behind the Games by the 1960s. What Brundage and others never realized was that politics and nationalism have always been important aspects of the modern Olympic Movement. While Brundage strove to keep the Games true to his construction of their founder’s vision, the Games were not immune to change. They needed to grow and evolve to remain viable. Rather than ruining the Games as Brundage feared, these external politics, and especially those related to the Cold War, actually helped the Games. These forces made the Olympics more relevant to international affairs while simultaneously inflating governmental, spectator, and press interest in the Olympic Movement. Therefore, the superpowers and the Olympic Movement both profited from the Cold War’s intersection with the Games. While Moscow and Washington gained a low-stakes battlefield, the IOC benefitted from the added exposure and intrigue associated with all things Cold War-related during the 1950s and 1960s."--Page [ii].

The Olympics and the Cold War 1948 1968 by Erin Elizabeth Redihan

Title The Olympics and the Cold War 1948 1968
Author Erin Elizabeth Redihan
Publisher McFarland
Release 2017-02-22
Category Sports & Recreation
Total Pages 272
ISBN 1476667888
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

For Olympic athletes, fans and the media alike, the games bring out the best sport has to offer--unity, patriotism, friendly competition and the potential for stunning upsets. Yet wherever international competition occurs, politics are never far removed. Early in the Cold War, when all U.S.-Soviet interactions were treated as potential matters of life and death, each side tried to manipulate the International Olympic Committee. Despite the IOC's efforts to keep the games apolitical, they were quickly drawn into the superpowers' global struggle for supremacy, with medal counts the ultimate prize. Based on IOC, U.S. government and contemporary media sources, this book looks at six consecutive Olympiads to show how high the stakes became once the Soviets began competing in 1952, threatening America's athletic supremacy.

Cold War Olympics by Harry Blutstein

Title Cold War Olympics
Author Harry Blutstein
Publisher McFarland
Release 2021-12-03
Category Sports & Recreation
Total Pages 260
ISBN 1476686874
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

The political tension of the Cold War bled into the Olympic Games when each side engaged in psychological warfare, exploiting sport for political ends. In Helsinki, the Soviet Union nearly overtook the United States in the medal count. Caught off guard, the U.S. hastened to respond, certain that the Soviets would use a victory at the next Olympics to broadcast their superiority over the Western world. Following the 1956 suppression of the Hungarian uprising, a Soviet athlete struck a Hungarian opponent in the Melbourne water polo semifinals, turning the pool red. The United States covertly encouraged Eastern Bloc athletes to defect, communist Chinese agents nearly succeeded in goading their government into withdrawing from the games, and a forbidden romance between an American and Czech athlete resulted in a politically complex marriage. This history describes those stories and more that resulted from the complicated relationship between Cold War politics and the Olympics.

Title International Security and the Olympic Games 1972 2020
Author Austin Duckworth
Publisher Springer Nature
Release 2022-09-25
Category History
Total Pages 212
ISBN 3031051335
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Drawing on new archival documents and interviews, this book demonstrates the evolving role of international politics in Olympic security planning. Olympic security concerns changed forever following the terrorist attack on Israeli athletes at the 1972 Munich Olympic Games. The International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) choice to ignore security after the attack in Munich left individual Olympic Games Organizing Committees to organize, fund, and provide security for the major international event. Future Olympic hosts planned security amidst increasing numbers of international terrorist attacks, and with the Cold War in full swing. For some Olympic hosts, Olympic security now represented their nation’s largest ever military operations. By the time the IOC made security more of a priority in the early 1980s, the trends in Olympic security were set for the future.

Title The Cold War The Definitive Encyclopedia and Document Collection 5 volumes
Author Spencer C. Tucker
Publisher ABC-CLIO
Release 2020-10-27
Category History
Total Pages 2181
ISBN 1440860769
Language English, Spanish, and French
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This sweeping reference work covers every aspect of the Cold War, from its ignition in the ashes of World War II, through the Berlin Wall and the Cuban Missile Crisis, to the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991. The Cold War superpower face-off between the Soviet Union and the United States dominated international affairs in the second half of the 20th century and still reverberates around the world today. This comprehensive and insightful multivolume set provides authoritative entries on all aspects of this world-changing event, including wars, new military technologies, diplomatic initiatives, espionage activities, important individuals and organizations, economic developments, societal and cultural events, and more. This expansive coverage provides readers with the necessary context to understand the many facets of this complex conflict. The work begins with a preface and introduction and then offers illuminating introductory essays on the origins and course of the Cold War, which are followed by some 1,500 entries on key individuals, wars, battles, weapons systems, diplomacy, politics, economics, and art and culture. Each entry has cross-references and a list of books for further reading. The text includes more than 100 key primary source documents, a detailed chronology, a glossary, and a selective bibliography. Numerous illustrations and maps are inset throughout to provide additional context to the material. Includes more than 1,500 entries covering all facets of the Cold War from its origins to its aftermath, including all political, diplomatic, military, social, economic, and cultural aspects Incorporates the scholarship of more than 200 internationally recognized contributors from around the world, many writing about events and issues from the perspective of their country of origin Offers more than 100 original documents—a collection that draws heavily on material from archives in China, Eastern Europe, and the former Soviet Union Provides hundreds of powerful images and dozens of informative maps detailing specific military conflicts and movements of various groups Includes a detailed chronology of important events that occurred before, during, and after the Cold War

Defending the American Way of Life by Kevin B. Witherspoon

Title Defending the American Way of Life
Author Kevin B. Witherspoon
Publisher University of Arkansas Press
Release 2018-12-01
Category Sports & Recreation
Total Pages 280
ISBN 1610756525
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

The Cold War was fought in every corner of society, including in the sport and entertainment industries. Recognizing the importance of culture in the battle for hearts and minds, the United States, like the Soviet Union, attempted to win the favor of citizens in nonaligned states through the soft power of sport. Athletes became de facto ambassadors of US interests, their wins and losses serving as emblems of broader efforts to shield American culture—both at home and abroad—against communism. In Defending the American Way of Life, leading sport historians present new perspectives on high-profile issues in this era of sport history alongside research drawn from previously untapped archival sources to highlight the ways that sports influenced and were influenced by Cold War politics. Surveying the significance of sports in Cold War America through lenses of race, gender, diplomacy, cultural infiltration, anti-communist hysteria, doping, state intervention, and more, this collection illustrates how this conflict remains relevant to US sporting institutions, organizations, and ideologies today.

Sports Diplomacy by Michał Marcin Kobierecki

Title Sports Diplomacy
Author Michał Marcin Kobierecki
Publisher Lexington Books
Release 2020-05-19
Category Political Science
Total Pages 328
ISBN 1793602212
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

This book analyzes the place and role of sport within public diplomacy, including theoretical conceptualizations of the category of sports diplomacy as a sub-category of public diplomacy and empirical research of selected examples of the use of sport within public diplomacy. The empirical part of the book refers to three approaches to sports diplomacy and concerns the utilization of sport by states in order to shape relations with other states, the role of sport in building the international image of a state and the diplomatic subjectivity of international sports organizations. In reference to the first two approaches, the book uses comparative case study was in order to make observations and generalizations concerning sports diplomacy. Apart from that, the book includes a detailed study of the diplomatic subjectivity of the International Olympic Committee.

Title The 1950s Key Themes and Documents
Author James S. Olson
Publisher ABC-CLIO
Release 2018-10-31
Category History
Total Pages 342
ISBN 1440861331
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

This volume serves as an invaluable guide to key political, social, and cultural concepts of the 1950s. • Provides rigorously and thematically tags of encyclopedic entries, period chronology, and primary documents for ease of reference • Serves as a valuable reference source for a key period of American History • Offers features that will help readers understand the period better, including sample Documents Based Essay Question and Top Tips for answering Documents Based Essay Questions

Title Women and the Olympic Dream
Author Maria Kaj
Publisher McFarland
Release 2022-07-14
Category Sports & Recreation
Total Pages 307
ISBN 1476686475
Language English, Spanish, and French
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On an April morning in 1896, unemployed single mother Stamata Revithi ran the 40 kilometers from Marathon to Athens, finishing in 5 hours 30 minutes. Barred from the first Olympic marathon, she was determined to prove herself. Through more than a century of Olympic Games history, women athletes--who were held back from swimming because long skirts were required, limited to running single-lap races because of fallacies about fragility, or forced to endure invasive gender exams--competed in spite of endless challenges. From Athens 1896 to Tokyo 2020, this history of women's participation in the Olympic Games centers on athletes who overcame entrenched inequity to gain inclusion.