The modern Olympic movement : the confluence of realism and idealism
Gilmore, Charles A.
Teti, Frank M.
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To paraphrase Clausewitz, the modern Olympic Games have often been politics and war by other means. The Olympics have been both a barometer of and an arena for international politics, in spite of the fact that they were revived specifically not to be held hostage to the politics of the day. This thesis examines the Olympic movement from its rebirth in 1894 through today and the proposition that the realism of international politics has affected the character of the Games. This study also argues, however, that the Olympic ideals have had a confluent affect in the arena of international politics and society. The Olympic Games have always been more than mere athletic competition. Given that they are a focal point for billions of people around the world for a brief two-week period, the Games are a natural forum to play out ideological and political battles. The Games have been used as the site of symbolic battles between nations, as well as a stage in which individuals, groups, and nations have made political statements. However, they have also been a powerful global symbol of unity, excellence, and peace.
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