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Open Access Senior Thesis

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Bachelor of Arts



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Jonathan Petropoulos

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Revived in 1896 by the Frenchman Pierre de Coubertin, the Olympic Games have come to represent the ultimate international celebration of sport, culture, and the human spirit. The grandiose festival of the current day evolved into its mature form throughout the course of the twentieth century. However, no Olympiad altered the Olympic Movement as radically as the Berlin Olympics of 1936. Through the examination of key secondary sources and primary sources like, International Olympic Committee (IOC) records, personal testimonies, and newspaper articles, this thesis examines how and why the 1936 Nazi Olympics fundamentally altered the Olympic Movement and forced the Olympic Games to confront and adapt to a rapidly changing world. While the 1936 Berlin Games set many new precedents in the Olympic Games, three in particular stand out: the politicization of the host city selection process; the rise of government investment in Olympic outcomes; and the use of new technology and media.