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Title: The British Empire and international students at the University of Edinburgh, 1880-1914
Author: Wotherspoon, Ian
Awarding Body: University of Edinburgh
Current Institution: University of Edinburgh
Date of Award: 2002
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This thesis is concerned with the response of the University of Edinburgh to the educational challenges and opportunities which arose outside its domestic environment between 1880 and 1914. Focusing mainly on the formal and informal British Empire, it seeks to determine the manner in which the University contributed to wider political, social and economic developments of the period. It examines how the University met the demands posed by the growth in overseas student numbers and by the new opportunities arising from the expansion of British interests abroad. An attempt is made to assess the University’s role in the transmission overseas of its educational knowledge and cultural values as well as of its ideas of Empire. Chapter One outlines the background to and context of the study. Quantitative statistics are provided in Chapter Two to show how many individuals born outside the British Isles came to study at Edinburgh University between 1880 and 1914, to establish where they came from and what courses of study they undertook. Chapters Three and Four then discuss some of the wider international dimensions of the University to estimate how far the University engaged with bodies and institutions outside the British Isles, and the extent to which its growing involvement in matters of imperial interest influenced the life of the academic and student community. Through a quantitative and qualitative analysis, Chapters Five to Ten consider on a regional basis the employment patterns of those Edinburgh graduates who went abroad during the period. They review the role of graduates played in the communities in which they lived and how far the culture and values nurtured by Edinburgh University were promoted abroad, particularly within the British Empire. Through an examination of their involvement with institutions and individuals overseas, the ideas of Empire espoused by Edinburgh graduates of this period, and how these were articulated, are explored. Chapter Eleven summarises the principal conclusions of the thesis and indicates where further research might be undertaken on the impact with the British Empire of ideas, practices and values fostered by Scottish Universities.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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