A Social and Cultural History
Hugh Dauncey is Senior Lecturer in French at Newcastle University. He has authored and edited numerous studies of French popular culture, including (with G. Hare) The Tour de France, 1903-2003: A Century of Sporting Structures, Meanings and Values (Frank Cass, 2003) and France and the 1998 World Cup: The National Impact of a World Sporting Event (Frank Cass, 1999).
Acknowledgements 1. French Cycling: Issues and Themes 2. The Early Years: Cycling in Search of an Identity, 1869-1891 3. Towards Sporting Modernity: Sport as the Driver of Cycling, 1891-1902 4. The Belle Epoque and the First World War: Industry, Sport, Utility and Leisure, 1903-1918 5. Cycling between the Wars: Sport, Recreation, Ideology, 1919-1939 6. From Defeat to the New France: Sport and Society, Cycling, and Everyday Life, 1940-1959 7. Cycling's Glory Years and their Mediatization, 1960-1980 8. Cycling in Transformation: Industry, Recreation, Sport, 1980-2000 9. French Cycling in Quest of a New Identity, 2000-2011 10. A Sense of Cycling in France Bibliography Index
This book is undoubtedly the best English-language introduction to French cycling and the Tour de France. It provides a ‘quick and necessary’ overview, in the words of the author, of the discipline in France since the second half of the nineteenth century.
Patrick Gaboriau and Philippe Gaboriau French History, Vol. 29
Experts will acknowledge the scholarship and enthusiasts will enjoy an academic work which is both accessible and a really good read. Honoured by the French Education Ministry in 2003 with his appointment as Chevalier dans l’ordre des Palmes académiques, Hugh Dauncey brilliantly continues his distinguished vocation of doing great service to French culture and this book confirms his reputation as an authority on the practice of cycling in France.
European Studies in Sports History, Volume 6
Dauncey ties together French cycling’s diversity of historical experiences and trends into a single, compelling volume.
Contemporary French Civilization 39.1
This fascinating history will be required reading not simply for sports specialists, but for anyone interested in the social and cultural manifestations of France’s most emblematic form of personal mobility.
French Studies, Vol. 68, no 2
Hugh Dauncey is to be commended for taking on such an ambitious project and for the impressive range of subjects that he integrates into his engaging and informative history of French cycling in all its forms.
H-France Review Vol. 13, No. 124
The style of writing is clear and accessible to a reader new to the subject, but the multiple dimensions of this work mean that even those readers with specialist knowledge of one kind or another are likely to find much of interest.
Lincoln College, Oxford
Size: 239 x 163 mm
Publication: November 21, 2012
Series: Contemporary French and Francophone Cultures 23