In defence of learning : the plight, persecution, and placement of academic refugees, 1933-1980s /
edited by Shula Marks, Paul Weindling, and Laura Wintour.
Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2011.
xx, 320 p. ; 24 cm.
0197264816, 9780197264812
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A fascinating history of refugee scholars.
In Defence of Learning tells a complicated, multi-faceted story ... adds much to our understanding of intellectual refugees, past and present.
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Guardian UK, December 2011
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At a time of increasing international concern with immigration, this book is a timely reminder of the enormous contribution generations of academic refugees have made to learning the world over. The essays celebrate both the work of the Council for Assisting Refugee Academics and the achievements of the scholars themselves.
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Established in the 1930s to rescue scientists and scholars from Nazi Europe, the Society for the Protection of Science and Learning (SPSL, founded in 1933 as the Academic Assistance Council and now known as the Council for Assisting Refugee Academics) has had an illustrious career. No fewer than eighteen of its early grantees became Nobel Laureates and 120 were elected Fellows of the British Academy and Royal Society in the UK. While a good deal has been written on the SPSL in the 1930s and 1940s, and especially on the achievements of the outstanding scientists rescued, much less attention has been devoted to the scholars who contributed to the social sciences and humanities, and there has been virtually no research on the Society after the Second World War. The archive-based essays in this volume, written to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the organisation, are the first to attempt to fill this gap. The essays include revisionist accounts of the founder of the SPSL and some of its early grantees. For the first time, the story examines its relationship with associates and allies, the experiences of women academics and those of the post- war academic refugees from Communist Europe, apartheid South Africa and Pinochet's Chile. In addition to scholarly contributions, the volume includes moving essays by the children of early grantees. At a time of increasing international concern with refugees and immigration, it is a timely reminder of the enormous contribution generations of academic refugees have made - and continue to make - to learning the world over.
Table of Contents
List of Tablesp. ix
Notes on Contributorsp. xi
Acknowledgementsp. xvii
Forewordp. xix
Sir John Ashworth
Introductionp. 1
Founders and Firstcomers
'Protests Butter No Parsnips': Lord Beveridge and the Rescue of Refugee Academics from Europe, 1933-1938p. 29
A Narrow Margin of Hope: Leo Szilard in the Founding Days of CARAp. 45
From Refugee Assistance to Freedom of Learning: the Strategic Vision of A. V. Hill, 1933-1964p. 59
Refugee Scientists in a New Environmentp. 77
Max Perutz and the SPSLp. 87
Tess-The Linchpin
Esther Simpson: A Correspondencep. 101
Eva and Estherp. 117
Associates and Allies
'Dedicated to Represent the True Spirit of the German Nation in the World': Philipp Schwartz (1894-1977), Founder of the Notgemeinschaftp. 127
Organized Rescue Operations in Europe and the United States, 1933-1945p. 143
In Defence of Academic Women Refugees: The British Federation of University Womenp. 161
Karl Mannheim and Viola Klein: Refugee Sociologists in Search of Social Democratic Practicep. 177
Reversing the Gaze
Austrian Refugee Social Scientistsp. 193
Plutarch's Thesis: The Contribution of Refugee Historians to Historical Writing, 1945-2010p. 211
Within Two Tyrannies: The Soviet Academic Refugees of the Second World Warp. 225
Czech Scholars in Exile, 1948-1989p. 239
'Bending the rules': South African Refugees in the UK, 1960-1980p. 257
Refugee Academics from Chile: WUS-SPSL Collaborationp. 281
Indexp. 291
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