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    Darts & Stuff of InterestCharis writes "Patrick Chaplin: Darts in England, 1900 - 39 A social history.


    Patrick Chaplin – the only existing Dr. Darts – wrote this book on the basis of his PhD thesis. Meticulously and carefully he sought out sources and analyzed them to be able to show the interconnections between the social development in England and the rising sport of darts.

    The result is a really interesting and good to read book, might be not a book for everyone something the high price will hinder anyway.


    Chaplin first corrects the idea darts has it origin in Great Britain – originally it was a French game called “Flechette” which was developed in Great Britain into darts.

    Then he sets right the relationship between the sport and the pub – it was not that darts was played from the beginning and everywhere in the pub. It were the big breweries which supported and established darts and dart leagues in the pubs. One of the reasons was to hinder people from massive drinking and from all kind of gambling – darts was a proven game of skill. Another reason was that it got necessary to change the pubs from low pubs into real public houses to get more people into the pubs offering pub games to pass there the leisure time (and more leisure time people had) instead visiting the new attractions like the cinema and the music halls were you could even take your wife of girl friend or the whole family as well. So the pubs had to get more respectable and family friendly and darts helped to this.

    When the National Darts Association was founded the sport got generally valid rules.
    The mass media supported the growing sport as well –especially the Sunday papers (News of the World) gave the sport a lot of coverage and helped to sponsor tournaments.


    A highly recommended, unique book for people interested in social history, leisure time culture, sociology or in the sport of darts.

    You can buy the book from Manchester University Press, the price is 55 brit.pounds.
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