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Stand, Columbia: A History of Columbia University [NOOK Book]


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-- Merri Rosenberg, Education Update

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Library Journal
Released in honor of Columbia University's 250th anniversary, this chronicle, though well written and thoroughly researched by McCaughey (history, Barnard Coll.), veers strongly toward "house history," i.e., the interpretation of the history of education exclusively through the lens of a single institution. While the author covers important trends in the history of higher education-e.g., the evolution of new models for institutional governance, the rise of the research university-he does so only insofar as they tell the story of Columbia. He addresses Charles William Elliot, a giant of 19th and 20th century higher education, but primarily to illuminate the work of one of his contemporaries at Columbia, Frederick A.P. Barnard. Ultimately, Columbia is praised for its every progressive inclination and forgiven for its every trespass. While this epic work will interest the alumni, parents, and friends of the university (to whom it is undoubtedly aimed), its appeal to even the student of higher education will be limited. For comprehensive academic collections and those with an interest in Columbia.-Scott Walter, Washington State Univ. Lib., Pullman Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780231503556
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • Publication date: 6/19/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 760
  • File size: 8 MB

Meet the Author

Robert McCaughey is the chairman of the Barnard History Department and the former dean of the faculty of Barnard College. He is the author of The Last Federalist: Josiah Quincy, 1772--1864 and International Studies and Academic Enterprise: A Chapter in the Academic Enclosure of American Learning, among other books.

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
1 Tory Preamble: The Short History of King's College 1
2 Flirting with Republicanism 49
3 Knickerbocker Days: The Limits of Academic Reform 79
4 Midcentury Stirrings 117
5 Takeoff 144
6 The Aspect of a University 177
7 Bolt to the Top 211
8 1917: Twilight of Idols 234
9 Jews at Columbia 256
10 The Invention of Columbia College 277
11 Prosperity Lost 300
12 Columbia in the American Century 328
13 A Second Flowering 356
14 Afternoon on the Hudson 391
15 Riding the Whirlwind: Columbia '68 423
16 It's About Columbia 462
17 A Tough Place 490
18 Bottoming Out 511
19 Columbia Recovered 533
20 The Way We Are 557
Epilogue: Worth the Candle? 578
Notes 583
Bibliographical Note 685
Index 691
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