Flat Racing and British Society 1790 - 1914

Flat Racing and British Society 1790 - 1914


A Social and Economic History
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ISBN: 9780714680453Format: SoftcoverSeries: Horse racingPages: 270Country of Origin: UKAuthor: Huggins, MikePublisher: FrankcassAge Group: AdultSize: 15.5 x 23.5

Product Overview

This is the first detailed study of the formative period of flat racing between 1790 and 1914.

This was a time when, despite the opposition of a respectable minority, attendance at horse races, betting on horses, or reading about racing increasingly became central leisure-time activities of much of British society.

Mike Huggins challenges many of our preconceptions about flat racing. He shows the importance of racing and betting to many of the middle classes in Victorian Britain; the early commercialization of the sport; and the limited power of the Jockey Club before the late 1860's.

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