The First Fifty Years of the Rhodes Trust and the Rhodes Scholarships, 1903-1953

The First Fifty Years of the Rhodes Trust and the Rhodes Scholarships, 1903-1953

The First Fifty Years of the Rhodes Trust and the Rhodes Scholarships, 1903-1953

The First Fifty Years of the Rhodes Trust and the Rhodes Scholarships, 1903-1953

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It is well that the story of the first fifty years of the Rhodes Trust should be told by those who have been themselves instrumental in interpreting and giving practical effect to the ideas and ideals embodied in Cecil Rhodes's memorable Will. Fortunate, too, that Sir Francis Wylie should, at the close of his long life, have been able to recall the circumstances, the difficulties and the humours of those early years in which his undefeated enthusiasm and genial temper overcame the many initial obstacles which Oxford conservatism presented to his revolutionary demands. His reminiscences, Sir Carleton Allen's and Dr. Frank Aydelotte's, within the general framework of Lord Elton's summary, tell a story which will be of the liveliest interest, not only to past and present Rhodes Scholars, but to all concerned with the wider educational issues which underlie it.

A survey such as this naturally raises--and should in a measure at least answer--two questions. What has Rhodes's benefaction enabled Oxford to give to those for whom it was intended and to the world outside? And what has Oxford, as a University, itself gained from that benefaction?

Comparatively few Rhodes Scholars have attained high distinction in active politics. But Rhodes's conception of public service was never confined to so narrow a field. The life of a country, especially of a young country, is shaped by its teachers and its lawyers quite as much as by its party politicians. In these two domains Rhodes Scholars have not only achieved outstanding success for themselves, but have made a powerful contribution to the national life of their countries. In a more limited sense Oxford has profoundly influenced teaching methods . . .

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