Empire of scholars: Universities, networks and the British academic world, 1850-1939

Empire of scholars: Universities, networks and the British academic world, 1850-1939


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At the start of the twenty-first century we are acutely conscious that universities operate within an entangled world of international scholarly connection. Now available in paperback, Empire of scholars examines the networks that linked academics across the colonial world in the age of ‘Victorian’ globalization. Stretching across the globe, these networks helped map the boundaries of an expansive but exclusionary ‘British academic world’ that extended beyond the borders of the British Isles. Drawing on extensive archival research conducted in the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa, this book remaps the intellectual geographies of Britain and its empire. In doing so, it provides a new context for writing the history of ideas and offers a critical analysis of the connections that helped fashion the global world of universities today.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780719099304
Publisher: Manchester University Press
Publication date: 06/01/2015
Series: Studies in Imperialism , #103
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Tamson Pietsch is Lecturer in Imperial and Colonial History at Brunel University London

Table of Contents

General Editor's introduction
Part I: Foundations, 1802–80
1. Building institutions
Part II: Connections, 1880–1914
2. Forging links
3. Making appointments
4. Imperial association
Part III: Networks, 1900–39
5. Academic traffic
6. The Great War
7. After the peace
Part IV: Erosions, 1919–60
8. Alternate ties

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