This book explores the changing patterns of higher education in England in the twentieth century, the types of institutions and the emergence of a 'system' of education. At the same time it traces the relationship between the writer-advocates of higher education and the changing world of higher education and its contexts. There is therefore an interrelated story of higher education, the writers, their messages, their backgrounds and ideologies, the audiences they intend to address, and the impacts of the state and other external forces.
It is likely to appeal to higher education academics and administrators, politicians and other policy makers, staff and students on higher degree and professional programmes. It should be read by anyone who cares about English Universities and their future.
'the most outstanding book in the history of education for the period 2002-4' - Wnner of the History of Education Society's Book Prize
Foreword PART I: SYSTEM MAKING 1. Preludes 2. Early decades: 'Unequal and inadequate' 3. 1940s: 'A new crispness' PART II: VALUES 4. Truscot: 'The universities' speaking conscience' 5. Postwar: 'A ferment of thought' 6. Moberly: 'The status quo and its defects' 7. 1950s: 'Modern needs' 8. Ashby: 'The age of technology' PART III: A NATIONAL PURPOSE 9. 1960s: 'Expansionism' 10. Final decades: 'Painful transformation' 11. Pressures and silences