The Berlin Olympics, 1936

Authored by: David Clay Large , Joshua J. H. Large

Routledge Handbook of Sport and Politics

Print publication date:  October  2016
Online publication date:  October  2016

Print ISBN: 9781138792548
eBook ISBN: 9781315761930
Adobe ISBN: 9781317646679

10.4324/9781315761930.ch33

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Abstract

In the contention-ridden history of the modern Olympics, no single festival, summer or winter, has been more controversial than the Berlin Summer Games of 1936. Oddly enough, though, Berlin ’36 also stands as one of the most formative and influential of the five-ringed Olympic circuses. In the end, no Olympiad has had a greater impact on the modern world – not just the sporting world – than the one hosted by Adolf Hitler in the German capital.

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