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Title: Empire made : an historical survey of the English universities and of the processes globalisation
Author: Duck, Allen George
ISNI:       0000 0004 5350 0084
Awarding Body: King's College London (University of London)
Current Institution: King's College London (University of London)
Date of Award: 2014
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This thesis argues that English higher education has, for several centuries, progressed in a loose confederation with the spread of the economic and culturally homogenising phenomenon we now recognise as globalisation. The study comprises an historical survey that maps the evolution of the universities and their international influence. This interaction becomes more identifiable toward the end of the eighteenth century, after the independence of the American colonies when the British consolidated their empire elsewhere. The thesis argues that the universities, in their role as educators of the elite for the world’s largest empire, shaped the politics and the progress that contributed to modern globalisation. English institutions of higher education crafted their own attitudes and philosophy into a formula that was adopted, adapted and integrated into a worldwide ‘knowledge society’. This investigation spans two centuries, the long nineteenth and the short twentieth. The long nineteenth century is considered to have begun in 1789 with the French revolution and the publication of the ‘Rights of Man’ and to have finished in 1914 with the start of the Great War, which wrecked the existent globalised network. The short twentieth century starts with the conflict of 1914 and finishes in 1989 with the collapse of the Soviet empire and communism in Eastern Europe. It is not my intention to construct a complete history of this period but, rather, to trace the steady progress of the technological and socio-economic conditions that have created an ever shrinking world. This ‘time-space convergence’ is central to globalisation theory and will be juxtaposed with the equally complex cultural, economic and often political route of English higher education from an exclusive elite system to massification.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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