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

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CHAPTER II
POST-WAR CHANGES

THE two world wars obviously demanded some modifications of our administration of the Rhodes Scholarships in the United States. The first war meant that in 1917 and 1918 no American Rhodes Scholars could go to Oxford. Scholars were elected, however, as for those years and allowed to take up their' Scholarships when this again became possible. Thus the 1917 Scholars went into residence in 1919; the 1918 and 1919 Scholars in 1920. The second war caused a more serious break (seven years with no elections) from 1939 through 1945. Scholars had been elected for 1939 but only one, Charles Collingwood ( Maryland and New College, 1939), was able to take up his Scholarship in 1939 and this because he happened to be already in England, serving as a war correspondent with the British Forces. He remained at Oxford only one year and then resumed his work as war correspondent, this time with the American Forces. Of the thirty-two men elected for 1939, seventeen were never able to take up their Scholarships. A small number of this group sailed for England in the fall of 1946, but were destined to be further delayed in New York by a shipping strike; a delay also experienced by the 1947 group the following year.

No further elections were held in the United States until 1946 when Scholars were elected for 1947, and when forty-eight, instead of the usual thirty-two, were chosen. A similar number were elected for 1948, but in 1949 the number returned to the normal thirty-two. For men who had served in the armed forces the Trustees allowed a certain relaxation in the rules concerning age and marriage. Any man was allowed to compete who would have been eligible to compete during the years when the Scholarships were suspended.

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Preface v
  • EDITOR''s FOREWORD vii
  • Acknowledgements ix
  • Contents xi
  • Chapter I- THE BEGINNINGS xiii
  • Chapter II- Lord Lothian and the Years of Peace 16
  • Chapter III- World War Again 33
  • Chapter IV- The New Era 44
  • II- THE RHODES SCHOLARS AND OXFORD 1902-31 57
  • Chapter II- First Arrivals 77
  • Chapter III- Settling Down 92
  • Chapter IV- War 103
  • Chapter V- Change 111
  • III- THE RHODES SCHOLARS AND OXFORD 1931-52 127
  • Chapter II- The System at Work 134
  • Chapter III- The Second World War 161
  • Chapter IV- Peace and Its Problems 174
  • IV- THE AMERICAN SCHOLARSHIPS 183
  • Chapter II- Post-War Changes 202
  • V- RECORDS AND STATISTICS 217
  • Appendix TRUSTEES AND OFFICERS OF THE RHODES TRUST 1955 267
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