Strong, Beautiful and Modern: National Fitness in Britain, New Zealand, Australia and Canada, 1935-1960. By Charlotte Macdonald

Harper, Melissa (2014) Strong, Beautiful and Modern: National Fitness in Britain, New Zealand, Australia and Canada, 1935-1960. By Charlotte Macdonald. Australian Historical Studies, 45 1: 146-148. doi:10.1080/1031461X.2014.877796


Author Harper, Melissa
Title Strong, Beautiful and Modern: National Fitness in Britain, New Zealand, Australia and Canada, 1935-1960. By Charlotte Macdonald
Formatted title
Strong, Beautiful and Modern: National Fitness in Britain, New Zealand, Australia and Canada, 1935–1960. By Charlotte Macdonald
Journal name Australian Historical Studies   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1031-461X
1940-5049
Publication date 2014
Sub-type Review of book, film, TV, video, software, performance, music etc
DOI 10.1080/1031461X.2014.877796
Open Access Status
Volume 45
Issue 1
Start page 146
End page 148
Total pages 3
Place of publication Melbourne, VIC, Australia
Publisher Routledge
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Historical interest in the body has surged in recent years. Scholars such as Ana Carden- Coyne, Caroline Daley and Jill Matthews (among others) have been interested to show how the body became a key site of modernity. Charlotte Macdonald’s Strong, Beautiful and Modern, with its focus on the state-sponsored fitness campaigns launched in Britain, New Zealand, Australia and Canada between 1937 and 1943, makes a valuable contribution to this growing field. Macdonald details the particular ways in which governments played an active role in encouraging their adult citizens to pursue physical fitness as a means to having a modern body and thus a better life. She charts the motivations that underpinned government involvement in national fitness campaigns and traces their various successes and failures.
Q-Index Code CX
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Subtitle: "Wellington: Bridget Williams Books, 2011. Pp. 256, NZ$49.99 paper."

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Sub-type: Review of book, film, TV, video, software, performance, music etc
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