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Lincoln GordonArchitect of Cold War Foreign Policy$
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Bruce L.R. Smith

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780813156552

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813156552.001.0001

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An American at Oxford

An American at Oxford

(p.39) 4 An American at Oxford
Lincoln Gordon

Bruce L. R. Smith

University Press of Kentucky

Professor William Yandell Elliot nominates Lincoln for a Rhodes scholarship and secures his appointment to Balliol College in 1933 through his contacts with A. D. Lindsay, master of the college. Gordon has a special tutorial with Lindsay and generally basks in the Oxford environment. He meets John Maynard Keynes and other figures who become academic and political leaders in the UK. A special feature of Gordon’s time at Oxford is his summer and holiday travels with friends in Europe, where he sees firsthand the rise of Nazism and Fascism. He has a relationship with a British woman of aristocratic lineage but decides he is too young to marry. With a year of exceptional intellectual effort he writes his dissertation, which becomes his first published book: The Public Corporation in Great Britain. On the strength of this he receives an appointment as an instructor in government at Harvard and returns there in 1936.

Keywords:   Lincoln Gordon, American Foreign Policy, Nazism, Fascism, John Maynard Keynes

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