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Building an Academic Tradition: Durham University and the Development of British Oriental Studies in the Post-War Era

PREECE, EDWARD,ANDREW (2017) Building an Academic Tradition: Durham University and the Development of British Oriental Studies in the Post-War Era. Masters thesis, Durham University.

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In 1947, a Foreign Office report chaired by Lord Scarbrough claimed that British universities should ‘build an academic tradition’ in Oriental Studies akin to that which existed in the traditional humanities. This thesis analyses the limitations to this ambition through an historical study of the well-reputed School of Oriental Studies (1950-1989) and its successor, the Department of East Asian Studies (1989-2007), both of which existed at Durham University.

It considers the underlying forces which led to the establishment and closure of these academic departments within the wider context of UK government policies and university politics. Close attention is also paid to the significance of specific individuals who contributed to the growth or closure of these departments at Durham.

The purpose of this very specific case study is to engage – via recent historical example – with the challenges facing Oriental Studies as a valid academic subject and its continuing relevance in British Universities. It therefore includes an introductory discussion about the nature of Oriental Studies as a subject, the meaning of the term ‘the Orient’, and a brief history of Oriental scholarship in Britain since medieval times.

Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Award:Master of Arts
Keywords:Oriental Studies, Orientalism, Durham University, School of Oriental Studies, Department of East Asian Studies, Oriental Section of the University Library, Scarbrough Report, Hayter Report, Parker Report
Faculty and Department:Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Theology and Religion, Department of
Thesis Date:2017
Copyright:Copyright of this thesis is held by the author
Deposited On:04 Dec 2017 13:01

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