Civic Cultures and Civic Colleges in Victorian England*

Samuel J. M. M. Alberti

in The Organisation of Knowledge in Victorian Britain

Published by British Academy

Published in print May 2005 | ISBN: 9780197263266
Published online February 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191734854 | DOI:

Series: British Academy Centenary Monographs

Civic Cultures and Civic Colleges in Victorian England*

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This chapter discusses the role played by civic colleges in the emergence of autonomous professional groups associated with new disciplines between 1860 and the Great War. It also discusses the role of local learned societies, particularly literary and philosophical societies in the founding and support of the young colleges and their impact on college growth and curricula.

Keywords: civic colleges; professional groups; Great War; local learned societies; colleges; curricula

Chapter.  9234 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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