Routledge handbook of sports development by Barrie Houlihan; Mick Green

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Nordau stated that Zionism “after all, was explicitly designed to produce a Jewish version of the Mannerbund, a culture of Muscle-Jews” (Nordau 1892: 336). Nordau attempted to use Zionist ideology to change European social perceptions of the physical inferiority of Jewish men. Much of his major literary work Degeneration (1892) addresses the mental and cultural changes European Jews were called to make in order to overcome their social circumstances. Out of this written work, Nordau addressed the Second Zionist Congress 21 Andrew R.

MacAloon, J. J. (1981), This Great Symbol: Pierre de Coubertin and the origins of the modern Olympic Games, Chicago: University of Chicago Press. Mack, E. (1939), Public Schools and British Opinion, 1780–1860: the relationship between contemporary ideas and the evolution of an English institution, New York: Columbia University Press. ——(revised edition, 1971), Public Schools and British Opinion since 1860: the relationship between contemporary ideas and the evolution of an English institution, New York: Greenwood Press.

But at this point there exists no evidence that these students were using sport for spiritual improvement. After two decades of fighting, sometimes in street fights when anti-Semitic remarks were leveled at Viadrina members, the groups had become an unpopular option among German Jewish students. By the time Max Nordau addressed the Second Zionist Congress in 1898, the Jewish sport fraternities had all but disappeared. Muscular Judaism’s emergence and lasting effects The totality of his written work and addresses at Zionist Congresses establishes Max Nordau as the central figure of the muscular Judaism movement.

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