Swansea University: Campus and Community in a Post-War World, 1945–2020 marks Swansea University’s centenary. It is a study of post-Second World War academic and social change in Britain and its universities, as well as an exploration of shifts in youth culture, and the way in which higher education institutions have interacted with their areas and communities. It covers a range of important themes and topics, including architectural developments, international scholars, the changing behaviours of students, protest and politics, and the multi-layered relationships that are formed between academics, young people and the wider communities they are part of. Unlike most institutional histories, it takes a ‘bottom-up’ approach and focuses on the thoughts, feelings and behaviours of the likes of students and non-academic staff who are normally sidelined in such accounts. As it does so, it utilises a large collection of oral history testimonies collected specifically for this book; and, throughout, it explores how formative, paradoxical and unexpected university life can be.
Sam Blaxland is a Post-doctoral Fellow and Tutor in Modern History at Swansea University.
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