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Sport and the British World, 1900–1930

Amateurism and National Identity in Australasia and Beyond


Part of the Britain and the World book series (BAW)

About this book


This book provides a lively study of the role that Australians and New Zealanders played in defining the British sporting concept of amateurism. In doing so, they contributed to understandings of wider British identity across the sporting world.


Britishness The British Empire Imperialism Sport Athletics Amateurism Australasia Australia New Zealand Britain Canada The USA America concept Great Britain identity imperialism play understanding USA

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.University of New South WalesAustralia
  2. 2.Honorary AcademicMacquarie UniversityAustralia

About the authors

Erik Nielsen is a historian of the British Empire with a focus on sport and is based at the University of New South Wales, Australia. He has published articles and chapters on track and field athletics, rugby league and Australia's sporting relationship with India. His teaching interests include military history, Australian colonial history and Australia's Asian Context.

Bibliographic information


“Nielsen’s assiduous work in the archives reveals that Coombes was instrumental in establishing a network of contacts who were empire loyalists rather than colonial nationalists. … it generates new perspectives that cultural historians will find useful.” (Dilwyn Porter, The Journal of the Historical Association, October, 2016)