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Title:The Education of an Elite Imperial Administration: The Sudan Political Service and the British Public School System
Author:Mangan, J.A.
Periodical:International Journal of African Historical Studies
Geographic term:Sudan
Subjects:colonial administrators
History and Exploration
Education and Oral Traditions
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/217850
Abstract:This paper is an analysis of the educational and social backgrounds of members of Sudan Political Service (1899-1956), an imperial administrative corps d'elite. It draws substantially on hitherto unpublished correspondence and interviews with some sixty former members of the Sudan Political Service. Specific objectives of the paper: to discover just how far membership of this select imperial force was not only the prerogative of the public school system, but of certain schools within it; to assess the accuracy of Nicholson and Hughes's observation that the best public schools lost interest in imperial careers after the Great War; to discover whether public school membership of the Service progressively declined as interest in the Empire lessened and as state schools increased in number and quality throughout the twentieth century; to investigate the extent of the truth of the frequently quoted and somewhat malicious axiom that the Sudan was a nation of blacks ruled by (Oxbridge) 'blues'; to examine R.O. Collins' contention that members of the Service had their roots in the English countryside and were consequently squirearchical in attitude and approach to the Sudanese people. Notes, tab.