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Sport, counterfactual history, and rugby’s twin codes

Smith, Adrian (2004) Sport, counterfactual history, and rugby’s twin codes International Journal of the History of Sport, 21, (1), pp. 97-108. (doi:10.1080/09523360412331306033).

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Counterfactual history attracts considerable opprobrium, yet enthusiasts defend the intellectual validity of considering what could have occurred as opposed to what actually did. A prerequisite that the variables must be minimized in the interests of plausibility suggests the history of sport(s) - if not actual competition - can generate plausible consequences significantly different from the real outcomes: for example, a counterfactual scenario in which the Northern Union established a firm foothold outside its industrial heartland. What would have been the local and national consequences of rugby league consolidating its pre-1914 position in Coventry and Leicester? How did these clubs view rugby league pre-1995, and how have these attitudes changed significantly since?

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Published date: 2004


Local EPrints ID: 12202
ISSN: 0952-3367
PURE UUID: f19c9fce-c6d0-439f-b634-71198e59ef7d

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Date deposited: 13 Oct 2005
Last modified: 17 Jul 2017 17:03

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