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Humboldt Revisited: The Impact of the German University on American Higher Education

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Humboldt Revisited

The Impact of the German University on American Higher Education

Gry Cathrin Brandser

392 pages, 4 images, bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-80073-536-1 $145.00/£107.00 / Hb / Published (September 2022)

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Humboldt Revisited offers a fresh perspective on the contemporary discourse surrounding reform of European universities. Arguing that contemporary reform derives its basis from pre-constructed truths about the so-called ‘Humboldt-university,’ this monograph traces the historical descent of these truths to the American reception of Humboldt's ideas from the mid-19th century up until the 1960s. Drawing from a rich selection of historical sources, this volume offers an alternative to conventional explanations of the forces behind the ongoing reform of European universities. It also challenges the conventional historical narrative on the Humboldt University, providing new insight into the American reception of the German ideas.

Gry Cathrin Brandser is Professor at Nord University, Faculty for Social Sciences. She has previously been a visiting scholar at Stanford University, and “Gastforscherin” at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.

Subject: Educational StudiesHistory: 20th Century to PresentSociology


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