Journal of Olympic History – Vol. 22/No. 3 – 2014

Posted in: Recent Journals

joh201403I have never had cause for complaint about a lack of articles in the last three years. On the contrary. Mostly what is offered greatly exceeds the limits, so that our authors have often to take their place in a queue.

That it is not getting any shorter is because young scientists and students have contributed even more material over the last few weeks and months. They had got to know our magazine in a variety of places. Some came across it at the International Olympic Academy, and quite a few have even joined ISOH. This gratifying fact is reflected in the current Journal, and will is set to continue in future editions.

The subject chosen by Ana Adi of Bournemouth Uni­ versity (UK) is human rights as one of the fundamental principles of the Olympic Movement. John Petrella of Western University in London, Ontario discusses the 1980 Olympic boycott and the difficult situation faced by the Canadian Olympic Association. Alberto Aragón­Perez, who managed the Samaranch Olympic Studies Center in Barcelona, has portrayed a dazzling personality, the Spanish IOC Member Baron de Güell. Luke Brenneman, Ph.D. student at Arizona State University, writes about the history of the Host City Selection, a process which will hopefully be the subject of even tighter financial limits, providing the reforms led by IOC President Thomas Bach bear fruit as part of the “Olympic Agenda 2020”.

In the last edition, the “inventor” of the Marathon race Michel Bréal figured prominently along with and the cup donated by him for the first winner. This time we learn from an article composed by Stavros Tsonias and Athanasios Anastasiou that the Greek Olympic victor Spyros Louis received not only that prize and the medal, but also numerous further trophies and gifts.

In This Issue:

“Olympic hunanitarianism: the fundamental principles of Olympism”

by Ana Adi

In the centre point of the article by Robert K. Barney stands the Canadian Olympic 200 m champion from London 1908 and the Maple Leaf as the Canadian symbol, new at that time.

My subject this time is the Olympic memorial culture between the two World Wars, and the fact that “Olympic Games” took place in 1944, even if behind barbed wire. These are remembered in an exhibition in Warsaw that is well worth visiting and which is rightly given prominence in this volume.

This issue is rounded off by a report of this year’s ISOH prize­giving, with obituaries and reviews, not forgetting the observations captured for us by Philip Barker at the Olympic Youth Games in Nanjing and at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

Finally another piece of news. Thanks to the efforts of Ove Karlsson we have succeeded in tracking down in Wolf Lyberg’s literary estate a copy of the work compiled by him and Ian Buchanan with the biographies of the IOC Members. As is well known, the original manuscript had disappeared since the death of Karl Lennartz, who had it in his possession. To be sure the version currently to hand still requires an extensive reworking, but we remain confident that the series will soon resume, hopefully in the next edition.

– Volker Kluge, Editor

There are no comments published yet.

Leave a Comment

Change this in Theme Options
Change this in Theme Options