"Fog in English Channel: Continent Isolated" antedated to 1931

Stephen Goranson goranson at DUKE.EDU
Tue Aug 10 09:38:19 UTC 2010

YBQ has "Continent Isolated" from 1932.
A Google Book snippet is incorrectly dated 1930, but the following is confirmed on paper:

August, 1931. Bulletin of the Taylor Society vol. 16 no. 4
"International Planning: A Scotch Educator's View," James Alexander Bowie, 150-151, here 150.

If we are to plan internationally the first essential is that we be conscious of our problems and of the necessity for solutions.... We have not developed the student mind.....I think the charge that we are insular is well founded. It is said that there once appeared in an English newspaper the headline, "Fog in English Channel. Continent Isolated."  This perhaps illustrates an attitude of mind not entirely confined to our islands. Most of us have not nearly reached this first stage of recognizing our problems and seeing their demands in international action.

Stephen Goranson

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