Wherever he went in the Empire, Cecil Rhodes observed, he found Oxford men on top. This scholarly and entertaining book examines how and why Oxford dominated Imperial policy and administration through its network of classical graduates; how Oxford's Imperialists and anti-Imperialists conducted their arguments in light of the history of Greece and Rome; and how proconsuls, missionaries, and teachers carried her traditions abroad. The conflicting hopes of what various groups in the University sought to obtain in the name of Empire are explored as well as the often bewildering impact of Oxford on the colonials who went there to study.
`broad-ranging and highly readable survey ... The great merits of this book lie in its breadth of coverage and rich assemblage of information, much of it esoteric and fascinating, enlivened by telling or humourous quotations'
The Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History
`Admirable ... Oxford's many-sided involvement with the Empire is a major theme upon which Richard Symons has produced a major book ... It is also a pleasure to read.'
Lord Beloff, Daily Telegraph
`Well researched and highly readable.'
Kenneth O. Morgan, Guardian
`An interesting book on an interesting subject.'
Lord Blake, Financial Times
`A fascinating and rather moving book.'
David Cannadine, Sunday Telegraph
`Written with elegance and felicity, with an eye for the absurd and a keen sense of humour, Mr Symonds' book is both scholarly and highly entertaining
Gowher Rizvi, Times Higher Educational Supplement
'A welcome, corrected and expanded paperback of an earlier (1986) study of proven worth ... an informative, immensely readable book invaluable for anyone interested in the history of the humanities in the English-speaking world. Do not miss it!'
William M. Calder III, University of Illinois, Religious Studies Review, Volume 20, Number 1/January 1994
Journal of Modern History
of the paperback:
`The story of the university that sent its students out to run the empire - from 1870-1939 - is well and entertainly told here by Richard Symonds, provoking the thought that6 here is an other institution that has lost an empire and never really found a role.'
Richad Gott, The Guardian
'A welcome, corrected and expanded paper-back of an earlier (1986) study of proven worth...an informative, immensely readable book invaluable for anyone interested in the history of the humanities in the English-speaking world. Do not miss it!'
William M Calder III, Religious Studies Review, Vol 20, No 1, January 1994