Review of Reviews,  20 (1899), 435–47.

The Progress of the World



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National Efficiency, Education, Schools, Universities, Technology, Declinism, Industry, Scientific Practitioners, Popularization, Sex, Morality

    As part of a general protest against the outbreak of war with the Boers in South Africa, warns that 'we are squandering our wealth broadcast in unnecessary war', and 'unless energetic measures are taken to provide technical education for our people, we shall be unable to face foreign competition' (445). Remarks that 'Germany, which has just been celebrating the centennial of the foundation of technical education, has no intention of standing still. The Emperor has placed the technical high schools of Prussia on an equality with the universities, and authorised the technical university to confer the degree of Doctor-Engineer. It is these schools which [...] have succeeded in raising German industry in almost all branches to the level of England, and in some cases, especially in regard to chemistry and electricity, in overtaking it' (445–46). Also reports the death of Grant Allen, 'one of the most genial, industrious, and many-sided of our latter-day English men of letters'. Remembers Allen fondly as 'an old friend of mine', but observes that 'on questions relating to the sexes his views were, to say the least, peculiar', and while his novel The Woman Who Did 'scandalised a good many people', it was mere 'milk and water compared with his esoteric doctrine'. (447)

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