The stadium century

Sport, spectatorship and mass society in modern France

By Robert W. Lewis

The stadium century


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Book Information

  • Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN: 978-1-5261-0624-7
  • Pages: 248
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £75.00
  • Published Date: November 2016
  • BIC Category: History, European history, History, Social & cultural history, History & Archaeology, 20th century, c 1900 to c 1999, HISTORY / General, Humanities / Social & cultural history, Humanities / 20th century history: c 1900 to c 2000, Humanities / European history
  • Series: Studies in Modern French History


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. As the book demonstrates, the stadium was at the centre of debates over public health and urban development and proved to be a key space for mobilising the urban crowd for political rallies and spectator sporting events alike. After 1945, the transformed French stadium constituted part of the process of postwar modernisation but also was increasingly connected to global transformations to the spaces and practices of sport. Drawing from a wide range of sources, the stadium century links the histories of French urbanism, mass politics and sport through the stadium in an innovative work that will appeal to historians, students of French history and the history of sport, and general readers alike.


Robert W. Lewis is Assistant Professor of History at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona


1. A 'grand stade' for Paris: stadia, urban planning and the 1924 Olympics
2. 'A civic tool of modern times': politics, mass society and the stadium
3. Sportsmen or savages? Stadium sport and its spectators, 1900-60
4. Stadium travels: spectatorship, territorial identity and global connections, 1900-60
5. Postwar modernisation and the stadium, 1945-98

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