By H. Perraton
Overseas scholars have travelled to Britain for hundreds of years and, from the start, attracted controversy. This e-book explores altering British coverage and perform, and altering scholar adventure, set in the context of British social and political background.
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72 Students came from the east as well as the west. At the time of Catharine the Great the Russians were attracted to work in medicine, political economy and law, with Joseph Black in medicine or with Adam Smith. His student Semyon Desnitskii went home to advise the tsarina on Smith’s ideas and to lecture on those of William Blackstone. Others studied with Francis Hutchison in moral philosophy, and James Millar in law. 73 Internationalism Reshaped, 1185–1800 35 The numbers of registered foreign students are modest but are, once again, potentially misleading as they understate the total number of those attending classes.
8 Universities slowly made life easier for those who came to Britain. In 1871 Oxford introduced a category of special students and began awarding BLitt and BSc degrees, and diplomas in economics and forestry in a move away from the constrictions of the centuries-old BA. 9 From 1895 advanced or research students could be admitted to Cambridge without passing a language examination and this too brought in students from overseas. The professor of mathematics, J. A. Ewing, reported that granting advanced status to these students brought ‘not only from the home university colleges and universities, but more especially from the colonies, a band of most admirable young men, young men full of enthusiasm for their work, of much more than average ability’.
60 Of the 271 West Indians just over a third (95) went on from Cambridge to the Inns of Court. The West Indians were joined by new groups of students from northern Europe. As it emerged from the conflicts of the seventeenth century Britain, with its universities, became of new intellectual interest. England had at last been fully ‘discovered’, and had definitely begun to take the place of France as the country most worth visiting for the serious student of human affairs ... For the travellers of this time England was above all the land of enlightenment.
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