Academic traffic
People, objects, information, ideas
in Empire of scholars
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This chapter is concerned with the ways that the expansive connections identified in chapters 2-4 shaped the careers and ideas of academics in Britain and the settler world. Examining practices associated with student admission, the circulation of objects and information, and the publication of research, it argues that these forms of exchange point to scholarly communities that were neither exclusively colonial nor exclusively metropolitan, but that were instead located within the tightly woven and continually shifting networks of mobile scholars. Focusing in detail on the production of G.W.C. Kaye and T.H. Laby’s Table of Physical and Chemical Constants (1911) it contends that – extending along the routes of empire, yet not to all its parts and places – these networks were crucial to the ways ideas were made.

Empire of scholars

Universities, networks and the British academic world 1850–1939


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