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GlobetrottingAfrican American Athletes and Cold War Politics$
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Damion L. Thomas

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780252037177

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252037177.001.0001

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Playing Politics

Playing Politics

The Formation of the U.S. Cold War–Era Athletic Foreign Policy

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(p.75) 3. Playing Politics
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Globetrotting
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Damion L. Thomas

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University of Illinois Press
DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252037177.003.0004

This chapter highlights the formalization of U.S. Cold War sport foreign policy. As the Soviet Union reentered the Olympic movement in 1952, sport took on heightened meaning, and became a proxy for combat in the atomic age. Thus, this chapter highlights how the two superpowers fought for athletic supremacy, as well as how the United States developed a program of international athletic goodwill tours as a means to counteract the Soviet Union's successful implementation of its own athletic foreign policy program. Sports became a crucial Cold War weapon that deployed the notions of strength and cultural, political, and economic superiority over the Soviet Union.

Keywords:   athletic foreign policy, Soviet Union, international athletic goodwill tours, Cold War, military stalemate, sporting tours

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