- Title Pages
- List of Tables
- Notes on Contributors
- 1 ‘Protests Butter No Parsnips’: Lord Beveridge and the Rescue of Refugee Academics from Europe, 1933–1938
- 2 A Narrow Margin of Hope: Leo Szilard in the Founding Days of CARA
- 3 From Refugee Assistance to Freedom of Learning: the Strategic Vision of A. V. Hill, 1933–1964
- 4 Refugee Scientists in a New Environment<sup>1</sup>
- 5 Max Perutz and the SPSL
- 6 Esther Simpson: A Correspondence
- 7 Eva and Esther
- 8 ‘Dedicated to Represent the True Spirit of the German Nation in the World’: Philipp Schwartz (1894–1977), Founder of the Notgemeinschaft
- 9 Organized Rescue Operations in Europe and the United States, 1933–1945
- 10 In Defence of Academic Women Refugees: The British Federation of University Women
- 11 Karl Mannheim and Viola Klein: Refugee Sociologists in Search of Social Democratic Practice
- 12 Austrian Refugee Social Scientists<sup>1</sup>
- 13 Plutarch’s Thesis: The Contribution of Refugee Historians to Historical Writing, 1945–2010
- 14 Within Two Tyrannies: The Soviet Academic Refugees of the Second World War
- 15 Czech Scholars in Exile, 1948–1989
- 16 ‘Bending the rules’: South African Refugees in the UK, 1960–1980
- 17 Refugee Academics from Chile: WUS‐SPSL Collaboration
- Postscript: Chilean Refugees
- (p.1) Introduction1
- In Defence of Learning
- British Academy
The contributions to this collection were originally given at a conference held at the British Academy on 3–4 December 2008, to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the founding of the Academic Assistance Council in 1933, later the Society for the Protection of Science and Learning (1936–98), and now the Council for Assisting Refugee Academics. This introductory chapter discusses the story of the SPSL and the flood of European refugee scholars and scientists from Nazi-occupied Europe in the 1930s and 1940s, and their subsequent contribution to specific disciplines in the humanities and social sciences. An overview of the subsequent chapters is also presented.
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