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LSEA History of the London School of Economics and Political Science 1895-1995$
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Ralf Dahrendorf

Print publication date: 1995

Print ISBN-13: 9780198202400

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198202400.001.0001

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A Safe Pair of Hands

A Safe Pair of Hands

(p.332) (p.333) 6 A Safe Pair of Hands

Ralf Dahrendorf

Oxford University Press

This chapter focuses on the changes affecting the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) between 1937–1995. By the departure of William Beveridge in 1937, the work of creation and establishment had been done. From now on, LSE would be faced with different challenges originating partly in the vagaries of the times, and partly in persistent pressures for growth. The decades following Beveridge's resignation were full of incident — the wartime evacuation of Cambridge, the two waves of post-war university expansion, and from the 1970s an environment increasingly hostile to higher education in general and the social sciences in particular. In Alexander Carr-Saunders, the School found a safe pair of hands to direct it through the transition from its heroic age to normality, and more particularly through the upheavals of the war and reconstruction. His character helped bring about the steadying influence that he exerted on the troubled institution he had inherited, and which was much needed in the turbulent times that would soon engulf it.

Keywords:   London School of Economics and Political Science, LSE, William Beveridge, Alexander Carr-Saunders

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