Danish sport has been associated with Europe and the World; not least through I.P. Muller and Niels Bukh and the Danish Gymnastics transformation with its focus on male visual appeals and hygiene in the first half of the twentieth century. At the same time, Denmark has stood apart from Europe in the early moments of its history of sport with the rural transformation of the farming neighborhoods as a statement of political independence and assertion. However, throughout the German occupation of Denmark, Danish sport belonged to a European partnership which characterized a variety of the occupied countries not least in the Nordic location. After the Second World War, Denmark welcomed global body cultures with other European nations in certain Eastern martial arts. Denmark too, as part of trends in the European area and the world, became caught up in sport as an effective contemporary political statement.
This book was previously released as a special concern of the International Journal of the History of Sport.