By Sally Crawford,Katharina Ulmschneider,Jas' Elsner
From the mid-1930s onwards, Oxford may appropriately be defined as an 'ark of data' of western civilization: a spot the place principles approximately paintings, tradition, and historical past will be rescued, constructed, and disseminated freely. The city's background as a spot of shelter for scientists who have been sufferers of Nazi oppression is through now established, however the tale of its position as a sanctuary for cultural background, although no less significant, has acquired less attention.
In this quantity, the influence of Oxford as a defend, a gathering element, and a centre of notion within the arts and arts particularly is addressed, via having a look either at those that sought shelter there and stayed, and people whose lives intersected with Oxford at the most important moments ahead of and through the battle. even though no longer each nice refugee might be mentioned intimately during this quantity, this learn bargains an creation to the original conjunction of position, humans, and time that formed Western intellectual
history, exploring how the assembly of minds enabled by means of libraries, publishing homes, and the collage allowed Oxford's refugee students to have a profound and lasting influence at the improvement of British tradition. Drawing on oral histories, formerly unpublished letters, and information, it illuminates
and interweaves either own and international histories to illustrate how, for a brief interval in the course of the conflict, Oxford introduced jointly a number of the maximum minds of the age to develop into the custodians of a good ecu civilization.
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Ark of Civilization: Refugee Scholars and Oxford University, 1930-1945 by Sally Crawford,Katharina Ulmschneider,Jas' Elsner