Proportions of women, and, more so, students from the non-settler empire, remained miniscule p. The E-mail message field is required. Her subject is a network of people and ideas. After the First World War more women were appointed as lecturers but, as Pietsch stresses, barriers remained severe. The social sciences, in particular, were important in articulating anti-colonialism, although Pietsch devotes little attention to this. 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.
Exclusions on racial grounds were even more pronounced. Networks were facilitated by speedier communications, greater mobility and the founding of institutions whose aim was to strengthen imperial links, such as the Imperial Studies Group 1887 , and the Victoria League and League of Empire both founded in 1901. Going beyond scholarship, learning became political. A minority of academics were also disrupting the academic and imperial status quo. British universities now became a site of intellectual exchange for African and Asian students who began to challenge the colonial knowledge produced by inter-imperial academic networks p.
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. Your order is also backed by our! In charting these developments Pietsch divides her study into four parts which elaborate on the main themes of her study. Introduction Part I: Foundations, 1802-80 1. This imperial system worked to the advantage of all. If the boundaries of the British academic world were expansive, its contours were shifting and uneven. These included anti-colonial challenges to colonial knowledge and scientific racism, the impact of refugee scholars fleeing from Nazism which resulted in new connexions and new ways of thinking, and the increasing influence of American academia and philanthropic foundations.
Settler women also studied in English and Scottish universities on travelling scholarships. Brock, Isis-Volume 107, Number 4, December 2016 --. Learning has always been entangled with politics, and this was certainly true in the British university system. Pietsch has found a fresh angle on the history of late empire. British civil servants serving in India who had not been up to Oxford and Cambridge, such as Alfred Lyall, regretted that they had missed this opportunity to make career-advancing connections. Brock, Isis-Volume 107, Number 4, December 2016. Some of these stayed in Britain and, in turn, also helped settler students, further consolidating and expanding networks of support pp.
The universities were founts for training people for service in church and state. The expansion of the humanities, combined with the greater emancipation of women after the First World War, also enabled more women to enter academia. More emphasis was placed on the need to extend academic interchange programmes to France and the United States as well as the Dominions as the settler colonies were now known. The two books under review examine the relationship between knowledge and power: Tamson Pietsch deals with imperial power from the point of view of the settler universities in the Empire; Joseph S. Series Title: Responsibility: Tamson Pietsch. When you place your order through Biblio, the seller will ship it directly to you. Until the 1930s American universities and academics were only on the fringes of these networks and Europeans were rarely admitted; the Afrikaans and French-speaking universities in South Africa and Canada respectively are also not included in this study p.
The Bureau also represented British and settler universities on the League of Nations Committee on Intellectual Cooperation founded in 1922 and embraced a new language of internationalism. Meisel deals with parliamentary power from the point of view of Westminster, though he also has chapters on the political representation of the universities in the Empire. American universities, which adapted the German, rather than the English, academic model awarded doctorates before that time and thus drew Canadian students away from the imperial orbit pp. Bookseller: , Merseyside, United Kingdom Manchester University Press. To examine this connective tissue, Pietsch examines libraries, scholarships, appointment practices, and imperial institutional relationships.
Abstract: Along with this exclusion of Americans, Pietsch also recognises racial and gendered exclusions, responding directly to the criticisms outlined above that have been levelled at the British World framework. Contents: General Editor's introductionIntroduction Part I: Foundations, 1802-801. 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. Drawing on extensive archival research, remaps the intellectual geographies of Britain and its empire in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Profound changes occurred after the Second World War that disrupted and changed this world irrevocably. In the 1930s the Universities Bureau of the British Empire began to function as a professional association that rationalised relations between the universities, with settler universities increasingly using its appointments service p. Women and Asian and African scholars and students were excluded from this academic club of the British World.
Tamson Pietsch is a lecturer in Imperial and Colonial History at Brunel University, London. Sharing specimens, artifacts, scholarly papers, references, and gossip, personal and private friendships helped to structure official organizations. PhDs were only awarded in Australian universities from 1946. It is essential reading for historians of higher education. Settler universities had to rely on personal systems of trust when academic staff were recruited in Britain and private recommendations were regarded as more trustworthy than public testimonials p.