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Tamson Pietsch

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780719085024

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719085024.001.0001

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Building institutions: localising ‘universal’ learning

Building institutions: localising ‘universal’ learning

(p.17) Chapter One Building institutions: localising ‘universal’ learning
Empire of scholars

Tamson Pietsch

Manchester University Press

This chapter examines the foundation of universities in the settler colonies in the mid-nineteenth century and considers their early development. It argues that these universities were initially local affairs, founded by self-confident settler elites who saw them as situated agents of ‘universal’ culture and symbols of colonial maturity. But it contends that in the 1870s a variety of changes began to reshape the global relationship between culture and power, pushing settler universities to find new ways of asserting their position as institutions that credentialized universal knowledge.

Keywords:   Local, Colonial nationalism, Universal, Liberal education, Science, Professions, Applied science, Research, Women, Steam ships, Telegraph

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