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The Old BoysThe Decline and Rise of the Public School$
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David Turner

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780300189926

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300189926.001.0001

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Beware Greeks Bearing Gifts 1902–1945

Beware Greeks Bearing Gifts 1902–1945

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(p.164) Chapter Six Beware Greeks Bearing Gifts 1902–1945
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The Old Boys
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David Turner

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Yale University Press
DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300189926.003.0006

This chapter describes the British public school system from 1902 to 1945. Topics covered include the passage of the Education Act of 1902, which marked the beginning of a massive expansion of secondary state education in England and Wales over the next thirty years; the huge casualties suffered by the public schools during the First World War; growth of boarding schools in the years after the end of the First World War; the impact of the Great Depression on the British economy; the role of public schools in the acquisition of empire; and proposals to turn public schools into semi-state, semi-public schools, which many of the day schools had become by taking the king's shilling and accepting government grants.

Keywords:   British public schools, public school system, public school education, Education Act 1902, secondary state education, education policy, boarding schools, day schools, semi-public schools

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