By Peter Worsley
Peter Worsley's reports at Cambridge have been interrupted by means of warfare provider as a communist officer within the colonial forces in Africa and India, and it used to be right here that he built a prepared curiosity in anthropology. He paintings in mass schooling in Tanganyika after which studied with Max Gluckman at Manchester collage. Banned from re-entering Africa, Worsley went to Australia the place he used to be banned once again, this time from New Guinea, but he did achieve finishing field-research for his Ph.D. on an Australian Aboriginal tribe.
His next ebook on 'Cargo' cults in Melanesia is now considered as a vintage, yet his left-wing politics ensured that he couldn't get a role in anthropology, so he switched to sociology, on his go back to Manchester.
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In any case, we had been thoroughly intimidated by the films about venereal disease the MOs had shown us. As English people resident in North Wales, it had never crossed our minds that we might learn the local language. But the army had the brilliant idea of getting us to learn Swahili on the ship before we even got to Kenya, and on arrival we were sent straight away to Jeanes School, set in beautiful countryside on the outskirts of Nairobi. This had been a school for the sons of chiefs and other African notables whom the British thought would be a useful, 34 An Academic Skating on Thin Ice pliable, anglicised and elite in the future.
There was no serious attempt to cover English literature as a whole, or even major parts of it. People taught minor eighteenthcentury poets while no one was teaching the great Metaphysicals. W. Tillyard on Milton. The renowned ‘Dadie’ Rylands lectured on Shakespeare, but really about producing Shakespeare on stage. S. Bennet, was an excellent social historian of Chaucer’s England, but he didn’t teach us about Chaucer’s poetry. M. on a Monday morning for lectures on Aristotle’s Poetics, where, on freezing days, he offered us a snifter to fend off the Fens.
I also ran the Battery wallnewspaper, using, among the usual orthodox sources, clippings from the Daily Worker, which told us, for the first time, about a new guerrilla movement in Yugoslavia led by a Communist called Tito. We also publicised reports about Nazi concentration camps long before their existence was officially acknowledged. I was quizzed about my sources by my Captain. The army certainly kept you on the move, for reasons which we usually didn’t understand. I was sent on courses to Towyn, a very big artillery camp on Anglesey, for Aircraft Recognition, where there were hundreds of WAAFs (Women’s Auxiliary Air Force) and marvellous top-rank ENSA (Entertainments National Service Association) concerts.