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England and the 1966 World CupA Cultural History$
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John Hughson

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780719096150

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719096150.001.0001

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This is England ’66: an introduction

This is England ’66: an introduction

(p.1) 1 This is England ’66: an introduction
England and the 1966 World Cup

John Hughson

Manchester University Press

This chapter introduces the book, setting out its cultural historical rationale and providing a summary for each of the subsequent chapters. It sets the scene for the discussion of England as World Cup host country and reflects upon the temporal significance of the tournament being held there in the mid-1960s. An initial case is made for modernism as a key theme within the book. This is done via the flagging of England team manager Alf Ramsey as a key figure within the related discussion. Ramsey is identified as a ‘romantic modern’ (borrowing the term from Alexandra Harris). The chapter, written in the first person, reflects briefly upon the author’s biographical relationship to the 1966 World Cup and English football and discusses the use of reference sources used in the book.

Keywords:   Cultural history, World Cup, England, Modernism, Alf Ramsey

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