Spain and Sport in the 1930s

  • James Stout
Part of the Mega Event Planning book series (MEGAEP)


The Popular Olympics are often characterized as a part of the Workers’ Sport Movement; however, this overlooks the unique circumstances that created a united Popular Front which supported and would have attended these games. This chapter outlines the Spanish and Catalan political situations as well as approaches to sport and nationalism which made it possible to host a global mega-event with less than three months to prepare. Concepts of popular sport, the Popular Front, and Catalan nationalism are explained, and a brief narrative of the history of the Spanish Second Republic will acquaint the reader with the various parties and crises leading up to July 1936.


Olympics Catalonia Popular Front Popular sport Spain 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • James Stout
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  1. 1.San Diego Mesa CollegeSan DiegoUSA

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