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The Resource Ark of civilization : refugee scholars and Oxford University, 1930-1945, edited by Sally Crawford, Katharina Ulmschneider, and Jaś Elsner

Ark of civilization : refugee scholars and Oxford University, 1930-1945, edited by Sally Crawford, Katharina Ulmschneider, and Jaś Elsner

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Ark of civilization : refugee scholars and Oxford University, 1930-1945
Title
Ark of civilization
Title remainder
refugee scholars and Oxford University, 1930-1945
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edited by Sally Crawford, Katharina Ulmschneider, and Jaś Elsner
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eng
Summary
In the opening decades of the twentieth century, Germany was at the cutting edge of arts and humanities scholarship across Europe. However, when many of its key thinkers - leaders in their fields in classics, philosophy, archaeology, art history, and oriental studies - were forced to flee to England following the rise of the Nazi regime, Germany's loss became Oxford's gain. From the mid-1930s onwards, Oxford could accurately be described as an 'ark of knowledge' of Western civilization: a place where ideas about art, culture, and history could be rescued, developed, and disseminated freely. The city's history as a place of refuge for scientists who were victims of Nazi oppression is by now familiar, but the story of its role as a sanctuary for cultural heritage, though no less important, has received much less attention. In this volume, the impact of Oxford as a shelter, a meeting point, and a centre of thought in the arts and humanities specifically is addressed, by looking both at those who sought refuge there and stayed, and those whose lives intersected with Oxford at crucial moments before and during the war. Although not every great refugee can be discussed in detail in this volume, this study offers an introduction to the unique conjunction of place, people, and time that shaped Western intellectual history, exploring how the meeting of minds enabled by libraries, publishing houses, and the University allowed Oxford's refugee scholars to have a profound and lasting impact on the development of British culture. Drawing on oral histories, previously unpublished letters, and archives, it illuminates and interweaves both personal and global histories to demonstrate how, for a short period during the war, Oxford brought together some of the greatest minds of the age to become the custodians of a great European civilization. --
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  • Crawford, Sally
  • Ulmschneider, Katharina
  • Elsner, Jaś
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  • University of Oxford
  • Political refugees
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Ark of civilization : refugee scholars and Oxford University, 1930-1945, edited by Sally Crawford, Katharina Ulmschneider, and Jaś Elsner
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Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
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rdacarrier
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text
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rdacontent
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ocn955313262
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24 cm
Edition
First edition.
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xiv, 396 pages
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9780199687558
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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  • n
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illustrations
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(OCoLC)955313262
Label
Ark of civilization : refugee scholars and Oxford University, 1930-1945, edited by Sally Crawford, Katharina Ulmschneider, and Jaś Elsner
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn955313262
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xiv, 396 pages
Isbn
9780199687558
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)955313262

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