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First Name
Lynton
Last Name
Lees
Affiliation
Columbia University
Website URL
https://history.columbia.edu/person/lees-lynton/
Keywords
education, democracy, liberalism, citizenship, migration, Britain, British empire, modern Europe, 1914-1945, Britain since 1945, political history, intellectual history
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About Me

I am a historian of modern Britain and the British empire, specialising in the history of education and how to transform children into democratic citizens in the interwar and immediate postwar period. My dissertation, “Democracy’s children: education, citizenship, and the totalitarian challenge to Britain and its empire, 1933-1950”, is an intellectual and political history of interwar educational thought, revealing how existential threats posed by totalitarian regimes caused liberals in Britain to reimagine education as a tool to produce democratic citizens in the metropole, on the continent, and in Britain’s former settler-colonies. I also research histories of child migration and child refugees to modern Britain.

Recent Publications
Media Coverage
Country Focus
Britain
Expertise by Geography
British Isles, United Kingdom, Western Europe
Expertise by Chronology
Modern, 20th century
Expertise by Topic
Children & Youth, Colonialism, Family, Government, Holocaust & Nazi Persecution, Pedagogy, Politics, Religion, World War I, World War II