Cricket’s Four Epochs: How cricket reflects civil society


Written by Eric Midwinter

Does the style and timbre of cricket change in accordance with similar shifts in society?

In this volume of the Cricket Witness series, Eric Midwinter answers the question positively, arguing 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, has been a manifestation of the prevailing political economy and culture.

Using up-to-date findings of political science about the typologies of societies, his study contends that cricket has played an integral role in British life from the 18th century to the present day.