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Week 7

Week 7 'The Olympics and Politics

Watch this BBC documentary on Moscow 1980:

Key themes: Political uses of the Olympics, 1936 Berlin, and the Boycott of Moscow in 1980. Other examples of politics intervening in the Olympics.

Class reading:

Large D.C., Large J.J.H. (2016) A Most Contentious Contest: Politics and Protests at the 1936 Berlin Olympics. In: Dart J., Wagg S. (eds) Sport, Protest and Globalisation. Global Culture and Sport Series. Palgrave Macmillan, London.

Sarantakes, N. (2010). Coca-Cola, NBC, and the Defeat of the Iron Lady. In Dropping the Torch: Jimmy Carter, the Olympic Boycott, and the Cold War (pp. 166-179). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. doi:10.1017/CBO9780511761805.011

Further reading

Sarantakes, N. (2010). Dropping the Torch: Jimmy Carter, the Olympic Boycott, and the Cold War. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. doi:10.1017/CBO9780511761805.

Caraccioli, Tom, et al. Boycott : Stolen Dreams of the 1980 Moscow Olympic Games, New Chapter Press, 2008. ProQuest Ebook Central,

 Watching the Olympics : Politics, Power and Representation, edited by John Sugden, and Alan Tomlinson, Taylor & Francis Group, 2011. ProQuest Ebook Central,

 The Politics of the Olympics : A Survey, edited by Alan Bairner, and Gyozo Molnar, Taylor & Francis Group, 2010. ProQuest Ebook Central,

Alan Tomlinson and Christopher Young (2005) National Identity and Global Sports Events : Culture, Politics, and Spectacle in the Olympics and the Football World Cup. Albany: SUNY Press (SUNY Series on Sport, Culture, and Social Relations). Available at:

Lenskyj, Helen Jefferson. The Olympic Games : A Critical Approach, Emerald Publishing Limited, 2020. ProQuest Ebook Central,

Short, J.R. (2018). Hosting the Olympic Games: The Real Costs for Cities (1st ed.). Routledge.

Phil Cohen and Paul Watt (eds.), London 2012 and the post-Olympic city: A hollow legacy? (ebook, 2017) DOI