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The opportunities of distance

Bolton, G. (1986) The opportunities of distance. Distance Education, 7 (1). pp. 5-22.

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In 1788 the year of European colonization in Australia, the English statesman, Charles James Fox, was holidaying in Rome when news arrived that King George the Third had gone mad. This meant a political crisis, for, if George's son the Prince of Wales became Regent, he would dismiss his father's prime minister, William Pitt, and invite Fox to form a government. Travelling with the greatest of speed to return from Rome to London, and indeed at some peril to his health. Fox completed the journey in nine days. His effort was fruitless. The king recovered and it would be another seventeen years before Fox achieved office. It can have been no consolation when some antiquarian calculated that, even travelling at maximum haste, Fox had taken about the same time to cover the distance as a courier would have in the Roman Empire of the first century...

Item Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Social Inquiry
Publisher: Routledge, part of the Taylor & Francis Group
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