The field of play: Phases and themes in the historiography of pre-1914 Scottish football

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Abstract

This article follows up on Adrian Harvey's piece ‘The emergence of football in nineteenth-century England: the historiographic debate’ [International Journal of the History of Sport 30, no. 18 (2013): 2154–2163]. It reviews the historiography of Scottish football on the period before the First World War. There is considerable literature on the topic, but it is not by any means evenly distributed to cover Scotland's geography, nor does it give balanced coverage to a wide-enough variety of thematic subjects. The author places this historiography into six broad categories which reflect the audience, research interests and methodology of the pieces, and offers a critical assessment of work still to be done in what is a disparate field.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2121-2140
JournalThe International Journal of the History of Sport
Volume31
Issue number17
Early online date1 Apr 2014
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014

Keywords

  • football
  • Scotland
  • historiography
  • Old Firm
  • new media

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