Dbq - Olympics

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Stefanie Boniel
Period 2.

DBQ Essay
The Olympic games today have been influenced by many factors that happened throughout history. In documents 2 and 8, the increases of women participants in the games show social change of the world. In documents 3 and 4 the influence of nationalism causes countries to become extremely competitive. In 6 and 3 nations show their pride of their home country by proving themselves as top notch. In 7 and 10, the opinionated views of a Japanese and Pakistani journalist on the wealth of certain nations and the strategy of certain countries in the playing of a sport. In documents 1 and 5, countries are shown to be needing the games in order to rebuild not only economy but pride and in documents 9 and 7, powerhouses prove they will always overcome the enemy.

In document 2 a female competitor, Sybil Newall is shown shooting an arrow for the Olympic game of archery. This took place in 1908 when 2% of the Olympic athletes were women. Then In document 8, Hassiba Boulmerka, who competed in the 1992 games, was one of the 29% of participants that were women. This shows the change of social norms over time. Before women were more confined to their homes and it was taboo to think of them playing sports like their masculine counter parts.

Documents 2 and 3 show the effects of nationalism on the countries. In document 3, the Nazi’s use home advantage to an extreme. Not only did they want to prove they were better than everyone, they wanted to prove that Nazism was better than democracy. In document 4, Bob Matthians talk about the pressures of American nationalism to show up the Soviets. He explains on how they had to beat them at everything and how satisfied they were when they did. Both show that although the Olympic games are meant to bring nations together, competitiveness that lies beyond the games are a great factor to competing.

In documents 6 and 3 pride in home countries make them overly confident and almost cocky. In 6,...
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