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Mordechai Feingold

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780198827344

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198827344.001.0001

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James Axtell, Wisdom’s Workshop. The Rise of the Modern University.

James Axtell, Wisdom’s Workshop. The Rise of the Modern University.

(p.221) James Axtell, Wisdom’s Workshop. The Rise of the Modern University.
History of Universities

Sheldon Rothblatt

Oxford University Press

This concluding chapter explores the rise of the modern university. The history of the modern university, especially the twentieth-century university, cannot be understood without considering the century of wars, because modern warfare promotes the highest level of technological development and creates a demand for it that extends beyond the duration of hostilities. The historian's task is to explain how the past became the present. Ultimately, not every cause of an outcome can be completely explained. While some institutions, as the result of their benefactions, income, and enviably-placed graduates, have a relatively free hand in setting campus priorities in order to pursue the best, most others cannot. Most, both private and public, are not so happily situated with respect to either history or markets.

Keywords:   modern university, twentieth-century university, modern warfare, technological development, institutions, campus

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