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A Case Study in Cultural Diffusion: British Ice Hockey and American Influences in Europe

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This article analyses the spread of sports culture, both from a historical and comparative point of view, using British ice hockey as a case study example. It compares the development of ice hockey in various European countries from the late nineteenth century all the way to the beginning of the twenty-first century paying particular attention to the interaction between European and North American hockey cultures. In Great Britain, as well as in Germany and the Nordic Countries, influences imported from the home country of hockey, Canada, have merged into distinctive local traditions. Nowadays the whole hockey world, however, seems to be taking a more uniform shape everywhere.
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Keywords: Britain; Cultural Diffusion; Europe; Ice Hockey; Local Tradition; North America; Scandinavia

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: March 1, 2001

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