Cricket History Package 3
Eric Midwinter’s latest work in the Cricket Witness series, Cricket’s Four Epochs: How cricket reflects civil society, argues that mainstream English cricket has, over the last 300 years, undergone three incarnations – and is maybe heading for a fourth – each, in approach and tone, a manifestation of the prevailing political economy and culture.
In the book which first launched the Cricket Witness series, Class Peace: An Analysis of Social Status and English Cricket 1846-1962, Midwinter explores a number of fascinating themes in cricket history around the social status of those who played the game and argues that in cricket, as in society at large, there was ‘class peace’ rather than class war.
Andrew Hignell’s Cricketscapes looks at the rural roots of the game and the variety of cricketscapes which emerged – urban, suburban, rural, coastal and scholastic – during the late 19th century. The advent of commercial interests has eroded these cricketscapes, but the advent of The Hundred provides an opportunity for county clubs to take the game back to its roots.
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