Friday, December 24, 2010

World Expositions and the Olympic Games


"Before the Olympic Games became the celebratory site of national identities, nineteenth-century exhibitions were the 'most important of the symbolic battlegrounds on which nations demonstrated their prowess and tested the strength of their rivals.'"

Graeme Davison, in Emily Harris "Race and Australian National Identity at the 1866-67 Intercolonial Exhibition", from "Seize the Day: Exhibitions, Australia, and the World"

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