The Resource Discipline and power : the university, history, and the making of an English elite, 1870-1930, Reba N. Soffer

Discipline and power : the university, history, and the making of an English elite, 1870-1930, Reba N. Soffer

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Discipline and power : the university, history, and the making of an English elite, 1870-1930
Title
Discipline and power
Title remainder
the university, history, and the making of an English elite, 1870-1930
Statement of responsibility
Reba N. Soffer
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • Discipline and Power is an intellectual, cultural, and social analysis of the ways in which universities successfully transformed a set of values, encoded in the concept of "liberal education," into a licensing system for a national elite. From the mid-1870's until the rise of totalitarianism and the Great Depression challenged prevailing habits of mind and conduct, the universities, especially Oxford and Cambridge, achieved unrivaled influence upon thought and conduct in every sphere. In their independence from external interference, the universities and colleges evolved by regulating the contents and purposes of new subjects
  • History, more than any other discipline, reflected and reinforced a broad Victorian consensus about God, country, and the good. Among the contending fields of study, history provided the most consistent moral panorama able to satisfy a variety of intellectual, emotional, and aesthetic needs. History was taught, studied, and tested by a set of assumptions deduced far more from a patriotic agreement about duty than from critical methods or from the weight of evidence
  • A wide reading of materials not previously consulted allows the author to demonstrate how the writing and teaching of history shaped the ethos of graduates who guided domestic and imperial government, secondary and higher education, the professions, religion, letters, and - contrary to conventional interpretations - even business and industry. These materials include administrative, faculty, and student notes; examination papers; examiners' reports; and correspondence about standards, grading, curriculum, and teaching methods
  • The book begins by explaining the emergence of the modern university and the English identification of history with truth, objectivity, and continuing traditions associated with national character. It then discusses the debates over the form and content of history that pitted a rigorous training in the historian's craft against history as the teaching of character and conduct. Two chapters examine how university teachers, despite differences in their roles at Oxford and Cambridge, agreed in defining history within conventions that were to inform teaching and learning for half a century
  • The author then investigates both the tutors - how they taught the history honours candidates and often became a surrogate family - and the students - their courses of study and extracurricular organizations. A final chapter, a unique comparison of the subsequent careers of all first- and second-class history honours graduates at Balliol College, Oxford, and King's College, Cambridge, demonstrates that the majority of those graduates affirmed what was taught to them in lectures, tutorials, and historical writing, by choosing high-minded careers in public service
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DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Soffer, Reba N
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
DA566.4
LC item number
.S573 1994
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Great Britain
  • Great Britain
  • Great Britain
  • Great Britain
  • Grande-Bretagne
  • Grande-Bretagne
  • Grande-Bretagne
  • Grande-Bretagne
  • Great Britain
  • Grande-Bretagne
  • Grande-Bretagne
  • Grande-Bretagne
  • Großbritannien
  • History
  • Historiography
  • Historiography
  • Universities and colleges
  • Elite (Social sciences)
  • Education, Higher
  • Power (Social sciences)
  • Histoire
  • Universités
  • Élite (Sciences sociales)
  • Enseignement supérieur
  • Historiographie
  • Pouvoir (Sciences sociales)
  • Education, Higher
  • Elite (Social sciences)
  • Historiography
  • History
  • Intellectual life
  • Politics and government
  • Power (Social sciences)
  • Universities and colleges
  • Geschiedenisonderwijs
  • Universiteiten
  • Elites
  • Persoonlijkheidsontwikkeling
  • Enseignement supérieur
  • Enseignement supérieur
  • Universités
  • Universités
  • Classes dirigeantes
  • Classes dirigeantes
  • Élite (sciences sociales)
  • Élite (sciences sociales)
  • Histoire
  • Universität
  • Elite
  • Erziehung
  • Bildung
  • Intellektuella
  • Politik och historieundervisning
Label
Discipline and power : the university, history, and the making of an English elite, 1870-1930, Reba N. Soffer
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
1. Consensus and Tradition -- 2. Truth and Objectivity -- 3. National History Established -- 4. The Professors Interpret History -- 5. The Professorial Tradition Continued -- 6. Tutors and Teaching -- 7. Students and Learning -- 8. Life After the University -- Epilogue: The Sin of Omission
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
viii, 308 pages
Isbn
9780804723831
Lccn
94009217
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)30026880
  • (OCoLC)ocm30026880
Label
Discipline and power : the university, history, and the making of an English elite, 1870-1930, Reba N. Soffer
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
1. Consensus and Tradition -- 2. Truth and Objectivity -- 3. National History Established -- 4. The Professors Interpret History -- 5. The Professorial Tradition Continued -- 6. Tutors and Teaching -- 7. Students and Learning -- 8. Life After the University -- Epilogue: The Sin of Omission
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
viii, 308 pages
Isbn
9780804723831
Lccn
94009217
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)30026880
  • (OCoLC)ocm30026880

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