By Peter Worsley
Peter Worsley's experiences at Cambridge have been interrupted by way of struggle carrier as a communist officer within the colonial forces in Africa and India, and it used to be the following that he constructed a willing curiosity in anthropology. He paintings in mass schooling in Tanganyika after which studied with Max Gluckman at Manchester collage. Banned from re-entering Africa, Worsley went to Australia the place he was once banned once again, this time from New Guinea, but he did achieve finishing field-research for his Ph.D. on an Australian Aboriginal tribe.
His next e-book on 'Cargo' cults in Melanesia is now considered as a vintage, yet his left-wing politics ensured that he couldn't get a role in anthropology, so he switched to sociology, on his go back to Manchester.
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Being in College also has the advantage of bringing you into contact with people who are studying (‘reading’) quite different subjects, and there really is a collegial esprit which derives from living together, expressed by proudly wearing the College scarf. One is supposed to say that this promoted interchange between the disciplines, especially between the Sciences and the Arts subjects. I can’t say I ever found this. I read English, because, like everyone else, I’d been taught it so well at school, and also greatly enjoyed it.
Less amusing was the experience of one of the Czechs with whom I became friendly, Ernst Sternschuss, whose forebears, he said, had been given that daft name (‘shooting star’) in Austro-Hungarian days. I met him again in London after the war, and heard his horrific story of how, when he was eventually wounded, he had to make his way back to Moscow by foot or in peasant carts. Another large contingent on board – hundreds of WAAFs – however, brought us a fortnight of sheer joy. I took up with a Scottish PE Sergeant-Instructor, and together we won the mixed deck-quoits competition.
As I write, British regiments are being reduced to five, meaning that very historic old ones disappear forever, fused into new, composite units. This means nothing to civilians, but is a scandal to old soldiers, comparable to fusing Liverpool with Everton, or Manchester United with Manchester City, but infinitely worse when the death of loved ones is involved. We were allowed to retain our Artillery insignia for a while; then we had to opt for one infantry regiment or another. I chose the King’s (Liverpool), because it had been my father’s Regiment.