Coupland, Reginald, Sir, 1884-1952

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1907-1914 Fellow and Lecturer in Ancient History at Trinity College, Oxford; 1913-1918 Beit Lecturer in Colonial History; 1917–1919 and 1939–1941 Editor of the Round Table; 1920-1948 Beit professor and professorial fellow of All Souls College; 1923-1924 Member of the Royal Commission on the Superior Civil Services in India; 1928 CIE; 1931 Adviser, Burma Round Table Conference; 1936-1937 Member of Palestine Royal Commission; 1939-1950 Fellow of Nuffield College; 1944 KCMG; 1948 Fellow of the British Academy; 1952 Fellow of All Souls.

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Sir Reginald Coupland was born on the 2 August 1884 in London, England. He was educated at Winchester, and New College, Oxford. From 1907-1914 he was Fellow and Lecturer in Ancient History at Trinity College, Oxford. His interest turned from ancient history to the study of the British Empire, and in 1913 he succeeded Lionel Curtis as Beit Lecturer in Colonial History at Oxford. In 1920 he was elected Beit Professor of Colonial History, a Chair he held until his resignation in 1948. His Chair carried with it a professorial fellowship at All Souls College which he valued highly.

During the years of World War II Coupland devoted much time to the study of India, visiting the country twice. In 1942 he was appointed a member of Sir Stafford Cripps' Mission to India, and his contribution to the study of Indian politics - his Report on the Constitutional Problem in India - was published in 3 parts during 1942-1943. His other principal excursion into politics was his appointment to membership of the Royal Commission on Palestine of 1936-1937, set up under the chairmanship of Lord Peel.

In the years after 1945 Coupland was drawn to the study of nationalism in the Commonwealth. He planned a series of volumes on this theme but failing health meant that he only completed one volume - Welsh and Scottish Nationalism - the text of which he handed to his publisher on the day before he died. The book, which deals with much little known material, was published posthumously in 1954.

Coupland was one of the original founders of the Honour School of philosophy, politics and economics at the University of Oxford in the years after World War I, and he was also associated with the early years of Nuffield College, of which he was a professorial fellow from 1939 to 1950. For his services on the Lee commission he was appointed CIE in 1928. In 1944 he was appointed KCMG. His distinction as an historian was recognised by an honorary D.Litt. from Durham (1938) and by election to a fellowship of the British Academy in 1948.

Coupland died suddenly on the 6 November 1952 as he embarked at Southampton on a voyage to South Africa.

From the guide to the Photograph Albums and Travel Diaries of Sir Reginald Coupland, 1909-1942, (The Bodleian Library of Commonwealth and African Studies at Rhodes House)

Sir Reginald Coupland was born on the 2 August 1884 in London, England. He was educated at Winchester, and New College, Oxford. From 1907-1914 he was Fellow and Lecturer in Ancient History at Trinity College, Oxford. His interest turned from ancient history to the study of the British Empire, and in 1913 he succeeded Lionel Curtis as Beit Lecturer in Colonial History at Oxford. In 1920 he was elected Beit Professor of Colonial History, a Chair he held until his resignation in 1948. His Chair carried with it a professorial fellowship at All Souls College which he valued highly.

During the years of World War II Coupland devoted much time to the study of India, visiting the country twice. In 1942 he was appointed a member of Sir Stafford Cripps' Mission to India, and his contribution to the study of Indian politics - his Report on the Constitutional Problem in India - was published in 3 parts during 1942-1943. His other principal excursion into politics was his appointment to membership of the Royal Commission on Palestine of 1936-1937, set up under the chairmanship of Lord Peel.

In the years after 1945 Coupland was drawn to the study of nationalism in the Commonwealth. He planned a series of volumes on this theme but failing health meant that he only completed one volume - Welsh and Scottish Nationalism - the text of which he handed to his publisher on the day before he died. The book, which deals with much little known material, was published posthumously in 1954.

Coupland was one of the original founders of the Honour School of philosophy, politics and economics at the University of Oxford in the years after World War I, and he was also associated with the early years of Nuffield College, of which he was a professorial fellow from 1939 to 1950. For his services on the Lee commission he was appointed CIE in 1928. In 1944 he was appointed KCMG. His distinction as an historian was recognised by an honorary D.Litt. from Durham (1938) and by election to a fellowship of the British Academy in 1948.

Coupland died suddenly on the 6 November 1952 as he embarked at Southampton on a voyage to South Africa.

From the guide to the Memorandum and Letters of Sir Reginald Coupland, 1938-1939, (The Bodleian Library of Commonwealth and African Studies at Rhodes House)

Sir Reginald Coupland was born on the 2 August 1884 in London, England. He was educated at Winchester, and New College, Oxford. From 1907-1914 he was Fellow and Lecturer in Ancient History at Trinity College, Oxford. His interest turned from ancient history to the study of the British Empire, and in 1913 he succeeded Lionel Curtis as Beit Lecturer in Colonial History at Oxford. In 1920 he was elected Beit Professor of Colonial History, a Chair he held until his resignation in 1948. His Chair carried with it a professorial fellowship at All Souls College which he valued highly.

During the years of World War II Coupland devoted much time to the study of India, visiting the country twice. In 1942 he was appointed a member of Sir Stafford Cripps' Mission to India, and his contribution to the study of Indian politics - his Report on the Constitutional Problem in India - was published in 3 parts during 1942-1943. His other principal excursion into politics was his appointment to membership of the Royal Commission on Palestine of 1936-1937, set up under the chairmanship of Lord Peel.

In the years after 1945 Coupland was drawn to the study of nationalism in the Commonwealth. He planned a series of volumes on this theme but failing health meant that he only completed one volume - Welsh and Scottish Nationalism - the text of which he handed to his publisher on the day before he died. The book, which deals with much little known material, was published posthumously in 1954.

Coupland was one of the original founders of the Honour School of philosophy, politics and economics at the University of Oxford in the years after World War I, and he was also associated with the early years of Nuffield College, of which he was a professorial fellow from 1939 to 1950. For his services on the Lee commission he was appointed CIE in 1928. In 1944 he was appointed KCMG. His distinction as an historian was recognised by an honorary D.Litt. from Durham (1938) and by election to a fellowship of the British Academy in 1948.

Coupland died suddenly on the 6 November 1952 as he embarked at Southampton on a voyage to South Africa.

From the guide to the Papers of Sir Reginald Coupland, 1904-1948, (The Bodleian Library of Commonwealth and African Studies at Rhodes House)

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referencedIn Papers of Sir Roger Lumley, Governor of Bombay 1937-43, 1937-1968 British Library
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creatorOf WRENCH PAPERS. Vol. VI (ff. 186). 1945-1948.includes:ff. 3, 15, 49 George Ward Price: Letters to Sir Evelyn Wrench from George Ward Price: 1945: Partly signed. ff. 6, 66, 117, 141 Mohamed Ali Jinnah, founder of Pakistan: Letters to Sir Evelyn Wrench..., 1945-1948 British Library
referencedIn Memorandum and Letters of Sir Reginald Coupland, 1938-1939 The Bodleian Library of Commonwealth and African Studies at Rhodes House
referencedIn Demi-Official and private correspondence of Sir Stuart Brown, India Office official 1909-42, 1924-1934 British Library
referencedIn Wilberforce, William, 1759-1833. Correspondence, 1799-1932. Temple University Libraries, Paley Library
referencedIn Gwyer-Strudwick Collection: papers, dated 1932-1955, of Sir Maurice Linford Gwyer (1878-1952), 1932-1955 British Library
referencedIn Photograph Albums and Travel Diaries of Sir Reginald Coupland, 1909-1942 The Bodleian Library of Commonwealth and African Studies at Rhodes House
creatorOf SOCIETY OF AUTHORS ARCHIVE. Vol. XXII (ff. 264). 1. ff. 1-10. Matilda Winifred Muriel Cory ('Winifred Graham'); 1920-1950. 2. ff. 11-21. Sir Reginald Coupland; 1948-1950. 3. ff. 22-38. Edward Henry Gordon Craig; 1955-1957. Consisting of correspondenc..., 1920-1957 British Library
referencedIn Papers of Sir Reginald Coupland, 1904-1948 The Bodleian Library of Commonwealth and African Studies at Rhodes House
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creatorOf Papers of Sir Reginald Coupland, 1904-1948 The Bodleian Library of Commonwealth and African Studies at Rhodes House
referencedIn Papers of Sir Penderel Moon, Indian Civil Service, Punjab 1929-43; served independent Government of India 1948-61, 1929-1985 British Library
creatorOf Photograph Albums and Travel Diaries of Sir Reginald Coupland, 1909-1942 The Bodleian Library of Commonwealth and African Studies at Rhodes House
referencedIn Hocking, William Ernest. William Ernest Hocking Papers. 1860-1979. Harvard University, Houghton Library
referencedIn Papers of S K Datta, lecturer 1909-14 and Principal 1932-42, Forman Christian College; in YMCA in India and internationally; representative of Indian Christians at Round Table Conference 1931, 1884-1953 British Library
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Imphal, Assam
Bombay, India
Pind Dadan Khan, Punjab
Punjab, India
Bhutan, Asia
Jullundur, Punjab
Russia, Europe, Asia
India, Asia
Rajkot State, India
United Provinces, India
Gurdaspur, Punjab
Japan, Asia
Great Britain Pictorial works
Delhi, India
Multan, Punjab
New Zealand, Australia
Greece Pictorial works
West Indies Pictorial works
India Pictorial works
China, Asia
United States, North America
Great Britain Colonies
Lahore, India
India, Asia
Amritsar, India
Lahore, India
Amritsar, India
Bahawalpur State, India
Australia, Australia
Simla, India
Gujrat, Punjab
India, Asia
Africa Pictorial works
Pakistan, Asia
Fiji, Pacific Ocean
Assam, India
New Delhi, India
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Death 1952-11-06

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