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Episode 39 - Britain and the 1980 Olympics Boycott

Paul Corthorn

The call for an international boycott of the 1980 Moscow Olympics created divisions in Britain

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The call for an international boycott of the 1980 Moscow Olympics created divisions in Britain between Margaret Thatcher’s government, which supported the US boycott, and British athletes, who resented being asked to sacrifice their Olympics.

Paul Corthorn is Senior Lecturer at Queen’s University Belfast and the author of In the Shadow of the Dictators: The British Left in the 1930s and co-editor of The British Labour Party and the Wider World: Domestic Politics, Internationalism and Foreign Policy.

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