Elixir of Empire: The English Public Schools, Ritualism, Freemasonry, and Imperialism

by P. J. Rich

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A companion volume, Chains of Empire: English Public Schools, Masonic Cabalism Historical Causality, and Imperial Clubdom, is the second in P. J. Rich’s trilogy about schooling as a political force. Explored are the ways in which the history of education contributes to political science, and the problems facing historians and educators in linking an individual’s education to behaviour. Also discussed are the implications of schools for general biography, the use of prosopographical analysis in determining schools’ influence on culture, and the importance of recent educational research for social theory.