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Modern Olympics Movement

  • By: Allen Guttmann
  • In: Encyclopedia of Leadership
  • Edited by: George R. Goethals, Georgia J. Sorenson & James MacGregor Burns
  • Subject:Leadership

Although a number of nineteenth-century Europeans endeavored to revive the ancient Olympics, none succeeded. W. P. Brookes inaugurated a series of annual “Olympian Games” in Shropshire in 1849. They were purely local affairs in which rural folk participated in traditional pastimes. ...

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