Includes bibliographical references (p. -364) and index.
Pt. I. 1880-1914. Modern urban lifestyles, degeneration, and the male body ; The fit male body, nation, and Empire ; The modern woman as race mother -- pt. II. 1918-1939. Building an 'A 1 nation' : health and life reform in the 1920s ; Reconstructing the male body ; The modern female body as a mass phenomenon ; National fitness in the 1930s.
Explores the emergence of modern male and female bodies within the context of debates about racial fitness and active citizenship in Britain from the 1880s until 1939.
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