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LSEA History of the London School of Economics and Political Science 1895-1995$
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Ralf Dahrendorf

Print publication date: 1995

Print ISBN-13: 9780198202400

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198202400.001.0001

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Discontents, Distractions, and a Long Farewell

Discontents, Distractions, and a Long Farewell

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(p.267) 5 Discontents, Distractions, and a Long Farewell
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LSE
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Ralf Dahrendorf

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198202400.003.0005

This chapter discusses how the political climate of the 1930s affected the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). The 1930s (and 1940s) were one of those deeply unhappy periods of history in which politics encroached on individual lives and institutions virtually all the time. Gone were the days in which, apart from occasional forays by individuals into parliamentary politics, the School could concentrate its energies on developing the social sciences and teaching them to students who were prepared to learn about the causes of things before they went out to transform them. Now, even those who refused to by drawn in had taken a stance.

Keywords:   London School of Economics and Political Science, LSE, political climate, social sciences, William Beveridge, politics

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