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Glimpses of the Harvard Past

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This happy combination of literary essay and exceptionally well-written history, providing insights into a past still important in the twentieth century, will quickly take an honored place on the shelves of Harvardiana.

Bernard Bailyn writes on the origins of Harvard and the foundations of Harvard's persistent character, structure, and style of governance, and contributes another chapter on the unhappy ending to the administration of the beloved President Kirkland (x8xo-i8z8), ...

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Overview

This happy combination of literary essay and exceptionally well-written history, providing insights into a past still important in the twentieth century, will quickly take an honored place on the shelves of Harvardiana.

Bernard Bailyn writes on the origins of Harvard and the foundations of Harvard's persistent character, structure, and style of governance, and contributes another chapter on the unhappy ending to the administration of the beloved President Kirkland (x8xo-i8z8), who presided over but could not control a period of profound change. Oscar Handlin describes the shifting relationships and power struggles among faculty, administration, and students over the years ("Making Men of the Boys") and Harvard's evolution from an ingrown community of teachers and students into a large, complex institution with worldwide prestige. Donald Fleming has chapters on the presidency of Charles William Eliot ("the greatest man in the history of Harvard") and the colorful personalities of Harvard (not only "Copey" and Santayana and Charles Eliot Norton, but also "Old Sophy," who kept a pet chicken in his room in Holworthy). Stephan Thernstrom examines the growing diversity of the student body as to finances, geography, religion, and racial background from the eighteenth century to the 1980s.

The subjects are of continuing interest not only to members of the Harvard community, who will treasure this memento of Harvard's 350th anniversary, but also to historians of higher education and ordinary readers, who will enjoy the new information, original personalities, and thoughtful perspectives the book offers.

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In this collection of essays, four distinguished members of the Harvard history facultyBernard Bailyn, Donald Fleming, Oscar Handlin, and Stephan Thernstromoffer delightful insights into Harvard's intriguing past. This is not a systematic history of an institution. Instead, the authors provide vignettes that illustrate the character of Harvard, as seen, for example, in the leadership of presidents such as Charles W. Eliot or in the nurturing environment often a product of student attachment to such teachers as Charles W. Townsend or George Santayana. More than just mementoes, these essays are highly instructive of the forces that have shaped American higher education, especially since the late 1900s. Recommended. Richard H. Quay, Miami Univ. Libs., Oxford, Ohio
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780674354432
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press
  • Publication date: 2/28/1986
  • Pages: 161
  • Product dimensions: 6.53 (w) x 9.67 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Meet the Author

Bernard Bailyn is Adams University Professor, Emeritus, and Director of the International Seminar on the History of the Atlantic World, Harvard University. He is the author of numerous books, including The Ideological Origins of the American Revolution (Pulitzer and Bancroft Prizes) and The Ordeal of Thomas Hutchinson (National Book Award), both published by Harvard.

Donald Fleming was Jonathan Trumbull Professor of American History at Harvard University.

Oscar Handlin, a Pulitzer Prize-winning historian, is Carl M. Loeb University Professor, Emeritus, Harvard University. He is the editor of This Was America.

Stephan Thernstrom is Professor of History, Harvard University, and Director of the Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History.

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Table of Contents

Foundations

Bernard Railyn

Why Kirkland Failed

Bernard Bailyn

Making Men of the Boys

Oscar Handlin

Eliot's New Broom

Donald Fleming

Harvard's Golden Age?

Donald Fleming

A Small Community

Oscar Handlin

"Poor but Hopefull Scholars"

Stephan Thernstorm

Epilogue-Continuities

Oscar Handlin

Appendix

Donald Fleming

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