Chasing History: Industrialization and Sport

Hey yall! Welcome to Chasing History. Today, our hosts — Devin and Ian — will be questioning whether industrialization is a necessary prerequisite for the growth of popular sport. We will use the proliferation of soccer in England during the Industrial Revolution and in Mexico throughout the twentieth century to unpack this question. Ellen, Braxton, and Torey are visiting us today as historian experts on the topic. There are a great deal of connections to be made, and we cannot wait to learn more about the growth of soccer in these two countries. Enjoy!


Devin Hayes

Ian Williams


Ellen Stephens

Braxton Couch

Torey Hawkins


Works Cited: 

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Castaneda, Luis. “Choreographing the Metropolis: Networks of Circulation and Power in Olympic Mexico.” Journal of Design History 25, no. 3 (2012): 285-303. Accessed April 16, 2018. doi:10.1093/jdh/eps023.

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Lund, Joshua. “The Mestizo State: Colonization and Indianization in Liberal Mexico.” PMLA 123, no. 5 (October 2008): 1418-433. Accessed April 16, 2018. doi:10.5749/minnesota/ 9780816656363.003.0001.

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Womack, John. “The Spoils of the Mexican Revolution.” Foreign Affairs 48, no. 4 (July 1970): 677-87. Accessed April 16, 2018. doi:10.2307/20039475.

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