Goldwin Smith

Goldwin Smith, 1823–1910, English educator, historian, and journalist. Educated at Oxford, he took a prominent part in executing reforms at the university and became (1858) professor of modern history there. In many writings he expounded his ardently democratic, strongly anti-imperialistic, and antimilitaristic outlook. In 1868, Smith moved to the United States after accepting a position as professor of English literature and constitutional history at Cornell. Although he retained the professorship until 1881, his removal to Canada (1870) prevented him from assuming full-time duties at the university during most of his tenure. His journals, including the short-lived Nation and Leader, and his numerous studies in social science, literature, and religion earned him great respect in North America and Great Britain as an educator and a liberal social critic.

See his reminiscences (1910) and correspondence (1913), both ed. by A. Haultain; biographies by Haultain (1913) and E. Wallace (1957).

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Selected full-text books and articles on this topic

The Controversialist: An Intellectual Life of Goldwin Smith
Paul T. Phillips.
Praeger, 2002
A Constitutional and Legal History of England
Goldwin Smith.
Charles Scribner's Sons, 1955
FREE! The United States: An Outline of Political History, 1492-1871
Goldwin Smith.
Macmillan & Co., 1893
FREE! Cowper
Goldwin Smith.
Harper and Brothers, 1880
FREE! The United Kingdom: A Political History
Goldwin Smith; Isabel Anderson; Larz Anderson.
The Macmillan Co., vol.1, 1899
In Search of Canadian Liberalism
Frank H. Underhill.
Macmillan Co. of Canada, 1960
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 5 "Goldwin Smith"
FREE! Autobiographic Memoirs
Frederic Harrison.
Macmillan & Co., vol.1, 1911
Librarian’s tip: "Controversy with Goldwin Smith" begins on p. 262
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