（Department of Physical Education，Tsinghua University，Beijing 100084)
Abstract: The authors selected sportsmanship as their research object, placed it into the dimension of historical so-ciology, collated and analyzed the origin, evolution and value presentation of sportsmanship in the English world. The authors concluded the followings: sportsmanship originated from England in the middle of the 18th century, was the imitation of chivalry and gentleman behaviors in hunting activities; from the early to the middle of the 20th cen-tury, sportsmanship showed three evolution trends, i.e. the communication scope expanding gradually, the applica-tion areas extending constantly, the expression connotations becoming richer continuously; since the 1980s, with the penetration of commercialism in competitive sports, sportsmanship has focused on the sports areas, and become an important way of teenager personality cultivation. The authors pointed out the followings: sportsmanship has not been an exclusive word of the sports areas since its origination, and its connotations are diversified. In competitive sports, the value of sportsmanship is shown at such two levels as society standardizing and individual shaping, i.e. the idealized pursuit for “respect” and the educational demand for personality cultivation, which are the indispensa-ble dimensions of civic education.
Key words: sportsmanship；hunting；competitive sport；respect；personality cultivation；civic education