The ancient beginnings of sports, games, and play from cultures around the world.
Many of today's sports are linked to those of the distant past. The study of the sports and games of varied cultures is therefore important, as this knowledge offers insights that help us understand our own culture and its heritage. In about 88 entries, this reference work traces the history, development, and rules of play for hundreds of sports and games from around the world. The book is divided into chapters representing seven different geographic regions of the world, although, curiously, it is not divided by continents. Craig (Sports Writing: A Beginner's Guide), a freelance writer and winner of the New Hampshire Sports Writer of the Year award, discovers that sports and games participation among indigenous people found in diverse locations share a number of commonalities. Some sports, such as archery, running, and wrestling, are found in every culture in ancient times and thus seem to be innate forms of activities for all humans. In addition, women were generally treated as second-class citizens in the sports world throughout time and in nearly all societies. This well-written reference is recommended for public and academic libraries. [Titles already available in this series include Sports and Games of Medieval Cultures and Sports and Games of the 18th and 19th Centuries; the next title will be Sports and Games of the Renaissance.-Ed.]-Tim Delaney, Canisius Coll., Buffalo, NY Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.