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The end of history?: the British university experience, 1981-1992

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The contraction of history departments in British universities during the first half of the 1980's and their revival since cannot be attributed solely to the economic climate. From 1981 to 1986, funding and student enrollment declined, as did the prestige of history departments within the universities. Although funding has not increased since then, the number of both undergraduate and graduate students has risen. Structural changes in university history departments, such as assigning some professors to teaching and others to research, may have improved the quality of the education and its attractiveness, even though less is being spent per student on libraries, tutors, and other services. In the past, however, the contraction of history departments has followed general economic decline by two or three years; the recession beginning in 1990, therefore, might be cause for worry.

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http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/25732/

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