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Empires of Ideas

Creating the Modern University from Germany to America to China

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$37.95 • £30.95 • €34.00

ISBN 9780674737716

Publication Date: 07/05/2022


504 pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

35 photos, 3 illus., 2 tables

Belknap Press


  • Preface
  • Introduction: The “World-Class” University
  • 1. The University in Germany: A Historical Introduction
  • 2. The Modern Original: The University of Berlin
  • 3. Truth, Justice, and Freedom in a Cold War World: The Free University of Berlin
  • 4. The Rise and Challenges of American Research Universities
  • 5. Rising through Change and through Storm: Harvard University
  • 6. Public Mission, Private Funding: The University of California, Berkeley
  • 7. Outrageous Ambitions: Duke University
  • 8. A Chinese Century? The Revival and Rise of Chinese Universities
  • 9. From Preparatory Academy to National Flagship: Tsinghua University
  • 10. The Burden of History: Nanjing University
  • 11. Asia’s Global University? The University of Hong Kong
  • Conclusion: Lessons and Prospects
  • Notes
  • Index

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