- Title Pages
- List of Abbreviations
- List of Illustrations
- 1 New Universities for a New Century
- 2 The People and Places of the University of London
- 3 Experiments in Ireland and England
- 4 Building the Mid-Victorian University
- 5 The Making of a Modern University
- 6 Life in a Modern University
- 7 Redbrick Attacked
- 8 Redbrick Inhabited
- 9 The Expansion of Redbrick
- 10 Buildings and Battles
- 11 Reshaping Higher Education
- 12 Students and Staff
- 13 Towards a New Architecture?
- 14 Epilogue
- Bibliography of works cited
- (p.220) (p.221) Prologue
- Oxford University Press
Using Keele University as a test case, this section explores the state-sponsored growth of higher education in the three decades after the Second World War. In particular, it argues that both Redbrick and the subsequent wave of ‘Plateglass’ universities were formed or reformed in response to the criticisms of the interwar period. The result was a series of institutions which not only increasingly resembled one another, but also formed part of a genuinely national system for the first time ever.
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