Reproducing The Gentleman’s Game: Cricket and Social and Cultural Reproduction in the British Empire 1853-1862

Nancy Millis Award winning Ph.D. thesis.

Using the phenomenological methodology Vivid History, this thesis examines how culture was reproduced through the British Empire in the middle of the 19th Century. The sport of cricket was more than just a past-time, it was one of the primary methods through which the British spread their culture and influence through their Empire. Through the public schools matches, traveling professional sides, and eventually international tours, the dominant culture of the English Gentleman was both formed and reproduced.