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The Tour de France: A Cultural History

Christopher Thompson

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780520256309
eISBN:
9780520934863
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520256309.001.0001
Subject:
History, European Modern History

In this history of the world's most famous bicycle race, the author tells the story of the Tour de France from its creation in 1903 to the present. Weaving the words of racers, politicians, Tour ... More


Made in France: Nostalgia and (Re)cycling

Cathal Kilcline

in Sport and Society in Global France: Nations, Migrations, Corporations

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9781781382899
eISBN:
9781789629323
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781781382899.003.0006
Subject:
Society and Culture, Cultural Studies

This chapter considers a selection of the key touchstones for nostalgic reminiscence in French sport, including the Tour de France cycle race and Saint-Étienne football club, and analyses what these ... More


What Price Heroism?: Work, Sport, and Drugs in Postwar France

Christopher S. Thompson

in The Tour de France: A Cultural History

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780520256309
eISBN:
9780520934863
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520256309.003.0006
Subject:
History, European Modern History

This chapter explores the postwar debates regarding the Tour de France as work, associating these to the racers' longstanding practice of doping. It also examines the implications of that practice ... More


The Forçats de la Route: Exploits, Exploitation, and the Politics of Athletic Excess, 1903–1939

Christopher S. Thompson

in The Tour de France: A Cultural History

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780520256309
eISBN:
9780520934863
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520256309.003.0005
Subject:
History, European Modern History

This chapter examines how opponents of the Tour de France during this period destabilized representations of racers as model workers, describing them instead as slave laborers. It notes that these ... More


The Tour, Greatest of the Turn-of-the-Century Bicycle Races

Eric Reed

in Selling the Yellow Jersey: The Tour de France in the Global Era

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
September 2015
ISBN:
9780226206530
eISBN:
9780226206677
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226206677.003.0003
Subject:
History, European Modern History

After its founding in 1903 by newspaperman Henri Desgrange, the Tour became the most important cycling event in the world. The chapter explores how the event was a quintessentially French phenomenon ... More


Selling the Yellow Jersey: The Tour de France in the Global Era

Eric Reed

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
September 2015
ISBN:
9780226206530
eISBN:
9780226206677
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226206677.001.0001
Subject:
History, European Modern History

The book recounts for the first time the commercial and cultural history of the Tour de France bicycle race in the context of globalization. The Tour was the crown jewel of French cycling and also ... More


From Defeat to the New France: Sport and Society, Cycling and Everyday Life, 1940–1959

in French Cycling: A Social and Cultural History

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9781846318351
eISBN:
9781846317859
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/UPO9781846317859.006
Subject:
Society and Culture, Cultural Studies

This chapter tells why the years of the Occupation and Vichy were considered torment by historians of sports and public policy. It states that during the war years, France felt significant disruption ... More


Cycling's Glory Years and their Mediatization 1960–1980

in French Cycling: A Social and Cultural History

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9781846318351
eISBN:
9781846317859
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/UPO9781846317859.007
Subject:
Society and Culture, Cultural Studies

This chapter discusses a period of great change in French politics, society and culture from 1980 onwards. With a flourishing birth rate, a younger population began feeding into the adult workforce. ... More


French Cycling in Quest of a New Identity, 2000–2011

in French Cycling: A Social and Cultural History

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9781846318351
eISBN:
9781846317859
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/UPO9781846317859.009
Subject:
Society and Culture, Cultural Studies

This chapter highlights the increased interest on all kinds of cycling in France after the year 2000. It explains that the industry of cycling has benefited greatly from its growing popularity as a ... More


Epilogue

Christopher S. Thompson

in The Tour de France: A Cultural History

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780520256309
eISBN:
9780520934863
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520256309.003.0009
Subject:
History, European Modern History

This chapter explores how the rapid development of th Tour de France as the ground-breaking epitome of modern sport has affected the Tour itself and its participants in French debates about the ... More


Cycling between the Wars: Sport, Recreation, Ideology, 1919–1939

in French Cycling: A Social and Cultural History

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9781846318351
eISBN:
9781846317859
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/UPO9781846317859.005
Subject:
Society and Culture, Cultural Studies

This chapter discusses the rise and fall of bicycle demand, production and sales as impacted by the First World War. After reaching its peak, the increase in bicycle ownership slowed down and ... More


French Cycling: Issues and Themes

in French Cycling: A Social and Cultural History

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9781846318351
eISBN:
9781846317859
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/UPO9781846317859.001
Subject:
Society and Culture, Cultural Studies

This chapter presents the intention for writing the book, which is to provide a balanced and detailed analytical survey of the complex leisure activity, sport and industry that is cycling in France. ... More


Introduction

Christopher S. Thompson

in The Tour de France: A Cultural History

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780520256309
eISBN:
9780520934863
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520256309.003.0010
Subject:
History, European Modern History

This chapter discusses the social, cultural, and political history of bicycling under the Third Republic, including aspects of the Tour de France. It explains that the French have found the Tour a ... More


A Sense of Cycling in France

in French Cycling: A Social and Cultural History

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9781846318351
eISBN:
9781846317859
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/UPO9781846317859.010
Subject:
Society and Culture, Cultural Studies

This chapter concludes the book by emphasizing how cycling and the bicycle tell so much about French culture and society. It discussed in brief how cycling as leisure, sport, industry, and utility ... More


Towards Sporting Modernity: Sport as the Driver of Cycling, 1891–1902

in French Cycling: A Social and Cultural History

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9781846318351
eISBN:
9781846317859
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/UPO9781846317859.003
Subject:
Society and Culture, Cultural Studies

This chapter discusses how sports in general and cycling in particular found an environment propitious for their growth in the midst of increasing prosperity, literacy, the developing strength of the ... More


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