ERIC Number: ED359076
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989
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Elixir of Empire: The English Public Schools, Ritualism, Freemasonry, and Imperialism.
Rich, P. J.
In order to understand the British Empire, one must understand the British public school and its rituals. The 19th century saw an expansion in the public schools, which seized the opportunity to prepare boys for service in the Empire. The schools developed an elaborate systems of totems and talismans. Their rituals were reenacted all over the world. The rich symbolism of schooldays prepared colonial administrators for staging the Imperial drama. The public schools also became deeply involved with freemasonry, a secret fraternal society. The final chapter of the book provides an assessment of the public school in post-imperial days and notes that in the 20th century the schools have placed pragmatism over principles in order to survive political threats. (DB)
Descriptors: Cultural Influences, Educational History, Elementary Secondary Education, Foreign Countries, Foreign Culture, Imperialism, Political Power, Public Schools, Role of Education
Regency Press Ltd., 125 High Holborn, London WC1V 6QA, England, United Kingdom (9.95 British pounds).
Publication Type: Books; Reports - Descriptive
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)