May the Best Man Win

Sport, Masculinity, and Nationalism in Great Britain and the Empire, 1880–1935

  • Patrick F. McDevitt

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Patrick F. McDevitt
    Pages 1-13
  3. Patrick F. McDevitt
    Pages 138-143
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 144-179

About this book


As Britain's great power status came to be increasingly challenged in the decades before the First World War, one by-product of the resultant uncertainty was the weakening of the Victorian, middle-class consensus of what constituted ideal manhood. Britain's empire was not only the source of wealth and power, but it simultaneously provided alternative models of masculinity and nationhood. Consequently, the empire and the commonwealth played an important role in defining imperial gender relations in both Britain and in the colonies and dominions. May the Best Man Win investigates the continual re-assessment and reassertion of various masculine ideals associated with sport in the British empire between 1880 and 1935.


England gender Nation nationalism Sport

Authors and affiliations

  • Patrick F. McDevitt
    • 1
  1. 1.BuffaloUSA

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