Dr. Peter Swain and Dr. Robert Lewis, both Honorary Research Fellows in the School of Sport and Bio-Medical Sciences, have signed a book contract with Routledge on the history of modern football.
Dr. Swain, who completed his PhD at the University in 2009, has gained a high profile as a revisionist historian, arguing that modern football was not a result of a handing-down process by public schoolboys, as historians had previously suggested, but formed and organized by working and lower-middle class people at a community level. This has led to an engaging academic debate in which Dr. Swain has been at the forefront.
The link below is to a recent paper by Dr. Swain in the journal Soccer and Society , published in a special issue on the history of football.
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