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Internationalism, National Identities, and Study AbroadFrance and the United States, 1890-1970$
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Whitney Walton

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780804762533

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804762533.001.0001

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§ Making Internationalists?

§ Making Internationalists?

The Albert Kahn Around-the-World Scholars' Reports on France and the United States, 1898–1930

(p.39) § 2 Making Internationalists?
Internationalism, National Identities, and Study Abroad
Stanford University Press

This chapter focuses on a philanthropic initiative known as the Albert Kahn Around-the-World Scholarships, financed by banker and philanthropist Albert Kahn, aimed at providing recent graduates with international experience to help solve global problems in general and to serve France's national interests in particular. From 1898 to 1930, they helped a total of 148 fellows from various countries such as France, Germany, Britain, Russia, Japan, and the United States to travel the world. The chapter examines the reports of French fellows (boursiers) about their experiences in the United States, as well as those of American fellows about Europe, to determine how young French teachers viewed the role of France in the face of America's growing economic, military, and cultural power. It shows that women engaged in a real exchange of ideas regarding female education in the two countries and saw much to emulate in educated American women. In contrast, French men had often disparaging views about the United States.

Keywords:   France, United States, graduates, Albert Kahn Scholarships, fellows, boursiers, women, Europe, teachers, education

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