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Title Beneath the Big Top: A Social History of the Circus in Britain.
Author Ward, Steve, 1952 September 8-
Publication 2014.
Distribution [Place of publication not identified] : Casemate Publishers and Book Distributors, LLC
Description 1 online resource
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Contents Cover; Dedication Page; Title Page; Copyright Page; Contents; Acknowledgements; Foreword; Introduction; Chapter 1: From Ancient Roots to the Restoration: The Circus Survives; Chapter 2: Acrobats, Ale and Aristocrats: The Eighteenth Century Age of Decadence; Chapter 3: Clowns, Competition and Conflagrations: The Circus is Born!; Chapter 4: The Queen and the 'Lion King': The Rise of the Nineteenth Century Menageries; Chapter 5: Spectacles, Disasters and Murder: The Victorian Circus; Chapter 6: Railways and Rings: The Circus in Nineteenth Century America.
Chapter 7: Magic, Movies and Music Halls: Stiff Competition for the Late Nineteenth Century British CircusChapter 8: The Circus Goes to War: 1900-1919; Chapter 9: Decades of Depression: The Circus Between the Wars; Chapter 10: Fighting for Survival: The 1940s-1960s; Chapter 11: And So the Wheel Turns: The Circus from 1970 to the Present; Bibliography; Sources on the British Circus Industry; Index.
Summary Beneath the Big Top is a social history of the circus, from its ancient roots to the rise of the 'modern' tented travelling shows. A performer and founder of a circus group, Steve Ward draws on eye-witness accounts and contemporary interviews to explore the triumphs and disasters of the circus world. He reveals the stories beneath the big top during the golden age of the circus and the lives of circus folk, which were equally colourful outside the ring: Pablo Fanque, Britain's first black circus proprietor The Chipperfield dynasty, who started out in 1684 on the frozen Thames Katie Sandwina.
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Subject Circus performers.
Circus -- History.
Circus -- Social aspects -- History.
Circus performers. (OCoLC)fst00861671
Circus -- Social aspects. (OCoLC)fst00861656
Circus. (OCoLC)fst00861646
PERFORMING ARTS -- Reference.
Genre Electronic books.
History. (OCoLC)fst01411628
Addl. Author OverDrive, Inc., distributor.
Related To Print version: Ward, Steve. Beneath the Big Top : A Social History of the Circus in Britain. Havertown : Pen and Sword, ©2014 9781783030491
ISBN 1473840333 (electronic bk.)
1473840864 (electronic bk.)
9781473840331 (electronic bk.)
9781473840867 (electronic bk.)

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