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Chapter 6 - Tangled Loyalties

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  11 September 2020

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[W]e cannot yet assume that war will be impossible in the future, and that an army and a fleet are luxuries that we shall be able to do without. If our army or our fleet is to be effective, it must not be behind others in its equipment with the application of science to war.

J. J. Thomson

Science and learning have for several centuries been regarded by all civilized communities as entitled by those who follow them a certain immunity from interference or persecution … The reason is that its method of thought, its direct appeal by experiment to universal Nature, the new powers given to mankind in general by its application, so obviously do not depend upon the opinions or emotions, or interests of any limited group, that any civilised people will admit that it transcends the ordinary bonds of nationality.

A. V. Hill

THIS book is not a history of knowledge – learning's content – it is a history of processes (some in their own way political) about the interactions and relations among learned people, their concepts and the institutions to which they belonged. Relations, processes: they cannot be observed directly. Yet, this study shrinks from that species of thought that regards itself as social constructivism or social determinism because it pays particular attention to agency and contingency. Politics and war are among the contingencies that are particularly important in shaping the relations and processes shaping knowledge in the twentieth century and so it is to those contingencies that this study now turns. Politics and war hardened the epistemological edges of knowledge in twentieth-century Britain. They hardened those edges because the demands of politics and war reinforced latent stifling positivism in learned life. War and politics gave a kind of public legitimacy for which people of learning longed but, thereby, turning their learning in a more applied and utilitarian direction robbed them of intellectual autonomy and independence. The issues and incidents that this chapter discusses – patri-otism and loyalty during the Great War; the encounter of British people of learning with Soviet scholars at the International Congress of the History of Science; the unwillingness to admit Charles Singer, the historian of science, to their fellowships by both the Royal Society and the British Academy;

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Learned Lives in England, 1900–1950
Institutions, Ideas and Intellectual Experience
, pp. 205 - 244
Publisher: Boydell & Brewer
Print publication year: 2020

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  • Tangled Loyalties
  • William C. Lubenow
  • Book: Learned Lives in England, 1900–1950
  • Online publication: 11 September 2020
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781800100442.007
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  • Tangled Loyalties
  • William C. Lubenow
  • Book: Learned Lives in England, 1900–1950
  • Online publication: 11 September 2020
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781800100442.007
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  • Tangled Loyalties
  • William C. Lubenow
  • Book: Learned Lives in England, 1900–1950
  • Online publication: 11 September 2020
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781800100442.007
Available formats
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