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The Experimental College

The Experimental College

by Alexander Meiklejohn, Roland L. Guyotte
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During the nineteenth centuryas violence, population dislocations, and rebellions unfolded in the borderlands between the Russian and Ottoman EmpiresEuropean and Russian diplomats debated the Eastern Question, or, What should be done about the Ottoman Empire? Russian-Ottoman Borderlands brings together an international group of scholars to show that the Eastern Question was not just one but many questions that varied tremendously from one historical actor and moment to the next. The Eastern Question (or, from the Ottoman perspective, the Western Question) became the predominant subject of international affairs until the end of the First World War. Its legacy continues to resonate in the Balkans, the Black Sea region, and the Caucasus today.
The contributors address ethnicity, religion, popular attitudes, violence, dislocation and mass migration, economic rivalry, and great-power diplomacy. Through a variety of fresh approaches, they examine the consequences of the Eastern Question in the lives of those peoples it most affected, the millions living in the Russian and Ottoman Empires and the borderlands in between.

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ISBN-13: 9780299172442
Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press
Publication date: 08/02/2001
Edition description: 1
Pages: 421
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Alexander Meiklejohn (1872-1964) was the author of many articles and books, including Free Speech and Its Relation to Self-Government. Educated in philosophy at Brown and Cornell universities, he became a dean at Brown and then president of Amherst College. In 1925, he was invited by Glenn Frank, president of the University of Wisconsin in Madison, to establish the Experimental College. Meiklejohn later founded the San Francisco School of Social Studies, a pioneering adult education program. He received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1963 for his activities in defense of First Amendment freedoms of speech, press, and assembly during the McCarthy era.

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"The normal young American expects, and is led to expect, on his twenty-first birthday, not a new sense of responsibility, but a new automobile, a new set of opportunities for self-gratification. The Experimental College rests upon the assertion that, against the specialized teaching of men for banking, for scholarship, for industry, for art, for medicine, and the like, there is the general liberal teaching of men for intelligence in the conduct of their own lives."-Alexander Meiklejohn, 1932

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