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Universities, expertise and the First World War

Universities, expertise and the First World War PurposeThe purpose of this paper is to: introduce the topic of the relationship between universities and the First World War historiographically; put university expertise and knowledge at the centre of studies of the First World War; and explain how an examination of university expertise and war reveals a continuity of intellectual and scientific activity from war to peace.Design/methodology/approachPlacing the papers in the special issue of HER on universities and war in the context of a broader historiography of the First World War and its aftermath.FindingsThe interconnections between university expertise and the First World War is a neglected field, yet its examination enriches the current historiography and prompts us to see the war not simply in terms of guns and battles but also how the battlefield extended university expertise with long-lasting implications into the 1920s and 1930s.Originality/valueThe paper explores how universities and their expertise – e.g. medical, artistic, philosophical – were mobilised in the First World War and the following peace. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png History of Education Review Emerald Publishing

Universities, expertise and the First World War

History of Education Review , Volume 45 (2): 9 – Oct 3, 2016

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Emerald Publishing
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Copyright © Emerald Group Publishing Limited
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0819-8691
DOI
10.1108/HER-04-2016-0019
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PurposeThe purpose of this paper is to: introduce the topic of the relationship between universities and the First World War historiographically; put university expertise and knowledge at the centre of studies of the First World War; and explain how an examination of university expertise and war reveals a continuity of intellectual and scientific activity from war to peace.Design/methodology/approachPlacing the papers in the special issue of HER on universities and war in the context of a broader historiography of the First World War and its aftermath.FindingsThe interconnections between university expertise and the First World War is a neglected field, yet its examination enriches the current historiography and prompts us to see the war not simply in terms of guns and battles but also how the battlefield extended university expertise with long-lasting implications into the 1920s and 1930s.Originality/valueThe paper explores how universities and their expertise – e.g. medical, artistic, philosophical – were mobilised in the First World War and the following peace.

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History of Education ReviewEmerald Publishing

Published: Oct 3, 2016

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