"New Books in Sports" Interview with Stephen Hardy and Andrew Holman

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Hello colleagues,

I am writing to let you know about our latest "New Books in Sports" interview with Stephen Hardy, retired professor of kinesiology and affiliate professor of history at the University of New Hampshire, and Andrew Holman, professor of history at and the director of Canadian studies at Bridgewater State University.  Hardy and Holman are the co-authors of Hockey: A Global History (University of Illinois Press, 2018).  In our conversation, we discussed the popularization of the Montreal game in the 19th; the rise of divergent styles of hockey in Canada, the USA, and Europe; and the increasing commercialization of hockey.

Please find the interview here: https://newbooksnetwork.com/stephen-hardy-and-andrew-holman-hockey-a-global-history-u-illinois-press-2018/

In Hockey, Hardy and Holman offer a comprehensive and engaging history of the fastest game from it’s origins in a series of stick based contests, including early hockey, bandy, and polo through to the development of our contemporary commercial hockey best exhibited by the NHL and KHL.

Their work offers an innovative periodization that gives order to the tensions and contradictions inherent in the disorderly expansion and contraction of the global game.  They chose to concentrate on the convergences and divergences of the hockey world beginning with the codification and spread of the Montreal game in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.  Their second section addresses the expansion of hockey beyond Montreal throughout the rest of Canada, the northern US, and Europe.  The third part of Hockey covers 1920 until 1972, a period of  divergence in which American, Canadian, and European hockey leagues developed unique cultural characteristic expressed through national rules and styles.  The final section of the book analyses the convergence hockey through the lens of globalization and commercialization.

Hardy and Holman’s work will appeal to scholars interested in the spread of hockey but more broadly to people interested in how different cultural products diffuse through the creation of global networks.

The "New Books in Sports" network features discussions with sports scholars about their most recent books.  It is a part of the "New Books Network," a consortium of podcasts exploring recent publications across a wide range of fields.  The podcasts can also be accessed via iTunes where a free subscription option is available.

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Keith Rathbone

Lecturer, Macquarie University