This is the first comprehensive history of the Rhodes Trust, based on documentation in the relevant constituencies as well as on the archives of the Trust. At his death the British imperialist and entrepreneur Cecil Rhodes (1853-1902) left a substantial fortune to be administered by Trustees. In the century since his death the Trust has funded the system of international Rhodes Scholarships set out in his will, enabling Rhodes scholars to come to Oxford University from many countries of the world. More than 6,000 scholars from over thirty countries have benefited from the scheme, which was originally established for the former UK colonies, the United States of America, and Germany. Since its inception the Trustees have also engaged in other political and philanthropic activities on behalf of the Trust. This objective and informed account will appeal not only to Rhodes Scholars worldwide, but also to all with an interest in international education and in South Africa.
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Number of pages: 618
This is the first comprehensive history of the Trust to have drawn deeply on the documentation of the regional constituencies as well as on the extensive and valuable Trust archives in Rhodes House at Oxford ... And what a feast there is to savour and enjoy ... an eminently scholarly and superbly researched history. African Affairs The ground covered by this book is impressive. If for no other reason, its portrayal of the networks and inner workings of national academic elites makes it an essential read, even for those with no real interest in higher education history. Studies in Higher Education Finely grained with vivid impressions of the life, times, thoughts, triumphs and failures of those charged with implementing Rhodes's legacy. Studies in Higher Education Far from being a dry, administrative history of an educational charity, this is a fascinating account of how the vast legacy of Cecil Rhodes's tumultuous life of mining and adventure in South Africa was turned from fulfilling the dreams of empire to serving the cause of international education. Studies in Higher Education All the contributors tell with grace what is in the end a rather disgraceful story. English Historical Review Kenny has written an afterword in which he summarizes with brilliant economy its success and failures. English Historical Review Sir Anthony Kenny, who until recently was Warden of Rhodes House and Secretary of the Trust, deploys the latter's archives and his own experience with uninhibited frankness and verve ... refreshingly candid institutional history. The Round Table A marvellously rich book. Times Literary Supplement