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William BeveridgeA Biography$
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Jose Harris

Print publication date: 1997

Print ISBN-13: 9780198206859

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198206859.001.0001

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The London School of Economics

The London School of Economics

(p.257) [11] The London School of Economics
William Beveridge

Jose Harris

Oxford University Press

This chapter talks about how Beveridge spent eighteen years at the London School of Economics, which he succeeded in establishing as a leading centre for the social sciences. From the start of its history, the School had acquired a socialist reputation. As Vice-Chancellor of London University between 1926 and 1928, Beveridge also laid the foundations for a new centralised university and was responsible for acquiring and raising funds for the university's Bloomsbury site. Although, Beveridge's new job was not precisely what he had expected, he nevertheless threw himself into it with characteristic zeal and energy. The chapter also looks at how Beveridge's family life was not calculated to improve his irascible temper, and for much of his time at the LSE he was under continuous domestic strain.

Keywords:   higher education, socialist reputation, Fabianism, Vice-Chancellor, Rockefellers, Bloomsbury

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