Dons and Workers: Oxford and Adult Education since 1850

Hardcover | July 1, 1994

byLawrence Goldman

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Dons and Workers is a history of university adult education since its origins in the mid-Victorian period. It focuses on the University of Oxford, which came to lead the movement for adult and working-class education, and which imprinted it with a distinctive set of social and politicalobjectives in the early years of the twentieth century. It is also a study of the relationship between intellectuals and the working class, for it has been through the adult education movement that many of the leading figures in liberal and socialist thought have made contact with workers and theirinstitutions over the last century and a half. The effect of adult education on such figures as T.H. Green, Arnold Toynbee, R.H. Tawney, G.D.H. Cole, William Temple, and Raymond Williams gives us an insight into the evolution of ideas from late-Victorian liberalism to twentieth-century socialism.Lawrence Goldman considers the political divisions within working-class adult education, and assesses the influence of this educational tradition on the development of the labour movement. Dons and Workers is thus a contribution to the intellectual and political history of modern England, and onethat presents an unfamiliar portrait of 'elitist' Oxford and its influence in the nation.

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Dons and Workers is a history of university adult education since its origins in the mid-Victorian period. It focuses on the University of Oxford, which came to lead the movement for adult and working-class education, and which imprinted it with a distinctive set of social and politicalobjectives in the early years of the twentieth ce...

Lawrence Goldman is a Fellow and Tutor in Modern History at St Peter's College, Oxford.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:376 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 1.1 inPublished:July 1, 1994Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0198205759

ISBN - 13:9780198205753

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`very full account ... This is very much an academic book in the sense that Goldman examines everything in a disinterested fashion, basing his statements on available evidence of all kinds and not hesitating to evaluate the source material. He is remarkably evenhanded ... Yet this is not adry-as-dust, passionless book.'Labour History Review, Vol. 61, No. 2, Summer 1996