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Empire of scholarsUniversities, networks and the British academic world, 1850-1939$
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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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After the peace: the Universities’ Bureau and the expansive nation

After the peace: the Universities’ Bureau and the expansive nation

(p.152) Chapter Seven After the peace: the Universities’ Bureau and the expansive nation
Empire of scholars

Tamson Pietsch

Manchester University Press

This chapter considers the development of the British university sector in the period between the wars. Focusing on the activities of the Universities’ Bureau and on the interwar Congresses, it argues that it was not a local and democratized conception of the British nation that animated British universities in this period, but rather an expansive and affective one that stretched out to include the Dominions. Offering familiarity in times of uncertainty, this broad national framing was a means by which the Bureau and its member universities reproduced in the 1920s and 1930s the structures and orientations that had shaped British and settler academia since the 1880s.

Keywords:   Universities’ Bureau, Organisation, British universities, Internationalism, Specialization, Information, Exchange, Higher Education

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