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The Stadium Century: Sport, Spectatorship and Mass Society in Modern France

Robert W. Lewis


The stadium century traces the history of stadia and mass spectatorship in modern France from the vélodromes of the late nineteenth century to the construction of the Stade de France before the 1998 soccer World Cup, and argues that stadia played a privileged role in shaping mass society in twentieth-century France. Drawing off a wide range of archival and published sources, Robert W. Lewis links the histories of French urbanism, mass politics and sport through the history of the stadium in an innovative and original work that will appeal to historians, students of French history and the histo ... More

Keywords: Stadia, Spectatorship, Urbanism, France, Paris, Mass politics, Identity, Sport, Modernisation, Globalisation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9781526106247
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: May 2017 DOI:10.7228/manchester/9781526106247.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Robert W. Lewis, author
Birkbeck, University of London