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The origin and nature of the earliest universities are the subjects of this famous and witty set of lectures by the man whom eminent scholars have called "without exaggeration . . . the soul of the renascence of medieval studies in the United States." Great as the differences are between the earliest universities and those of today, the fact remains, says Professor Haskins, the "the university of the twentieth century is the lineal descendant of medieval Paris and Bologna." In demonstrating this fact, he brings ...

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The Rise of Universities

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Overview

The origin and nature of the earliest universities are the subjects of this famous and witty set of lectures by the man whom eminent scholars have called "without exaggeration . . . the soul of the renascence of medieval studies in the United States." Great as the differences are between the earliest universities and those of today, the fact remains, says Professor Haskins, the "the university of the twentieth century is the lineal descendant of medieval Paris and Bologna." In demonstrating this fact, he brings to life the institutions, instruction, professors, and students of the Middle Ages.

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"This book does not claim to be a finished product or a final answer to any of the fundamental issues raised; but it is a stimulating experience to share his thinking as this writer comes to grips with them in his sincere and profound way. There is throughout a simplicity and human touch about the man that captivates the reader."—The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science

"The book displays a breadth of learning, a coherence of argument, and an economy of expression which make it a delight to read. Carrying his scholarship lightly, the author leads his audience easily and intimately into no less a topic than 'certain of the changes... brought about in mankind by the advent of civilization,' i.e., by the rise of cities."—Yale Review

"A work which has remained unsurpassed in the conciseness and vividness of its account."—Theodor E. Mommsen

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801470073
  • Publisher: Cornell University Press
  • Publication date: 9/30/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 321 KB

Meet the Author


Charles Homer Haskins was born in Meadville, Pennsylvania, in 1870. He received his doctorate from The Johns Hopkins University. He taught at Johns Hopkins, the University of Wisconsin, and from 1902 until his retirement in 1931, at Harvard University, where he also served as Dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. At the end of the First World War, he served with distinction on the American Peace Delegation in Paris as chairman of the Division of Western Europe. His books include Norman Institutions (1918), The Rise of Universities (1923), Studies in the History of Science (1924), The Normans in European History (1925), The Renaissance of the Twelfth Century (1927), and Studies in Mediaeval Culture (1929). He died in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in 1937.

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Table of Contents


Part I: The Earliest Universities

Introduction

Bologna and the South

Paris and the North

The mediaeval inheritance



Part II:The Mediaeval Professor

Studies and text-books

Teaching and examinations

Academic status and freedom



Part III: The Mediaeval Student

Sources of information

Student manuals

Student letters

Student Poetry

Conclusion



Bibliographical Note

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