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RedbrickA social and architectural history of Britain's civic universities$
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William Whyte

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780198716129

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198716129.001.0001

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(p.124) (p.125) Prologue

William Whyte

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Starting with the foundation of the University of Birmingham, this section explores the expansion of the civic universities, arguing that they were increasingly developing a distinctive culture of their own. It also suggests that these institutions were riven by tensions: between the local and the national, the academic and the civic. Both these tensions and the ambitions which drove the growth of Redbrick would continue to shape the system throughout the twentieth century.

Keywords:   Birmingham, Wales, Ireland, Dundee, university, universities

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