The Perspective of the 1912 Olympics in the Nations of Britain

  • Luke J. Harris


The 1908 Olympics had seen victories for both Irishmen competing for the Great Britain and Ireland team, and those competing for other countries, primarily the United States. These successes allowed the Irish nationalist press to emit an Irish sporting identity of superiority and make further calls for widespread Irish independence. Four years later, the situation was very different, with a diminished number of Irish athletes making the Olympic team, consequently there was less success and fewer opportunities to make statements of Irish nationalism.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Luke J. Harris
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  1. 1.Canterbury Christ Church UniversityUK

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