Harvard Observed: An Illustrated History of the University in the Twentieth Century

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Harvard University Press, 1998 - Education - 320 pages
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Tracing the history of twentieth-century Harvard in the context of national and world events, Harvard Observed shows how changes in the structure and values of American society led the nation's oldest university to reshape itself in the "golden age" before World War I, the lean years of the Great Depression, the crisis years of World War II, and in the aftermath of the turbulent 1960s. Documenting the evolving institutional life of a leading research university, Harvard Observed depicts the unforgettable individuals, academic rites, intellectual arguments, controversies, hoaxes, and fads that became touchstones for successive generations. Illustrations from institutional archives and the files of Harvard Magazine add an irresistible visual dimension. This readable survey will engage anyone with a taste for cultural history, an interest in higher education, or a curiosity about the public and private sides of a complex and unique American institution.
  

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Contents

PROLOGUE
7
The Reformers 18981914
13
The Great War 19141919
61
Between the Wars 19191941
89
Tenants Arsenal 19411945
137
Amazing Growth 19451963
175
The University on Trial 19631971
215
Harvard Restored 19711990
245
Millennial Harvard 19901998
285
NOTES
309
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About the author (1998)

John T. Bethell is the Senior Editor of The American Scholar and a contributing editor at Harvard Magazine, where he was editor from 1966 to 1995.

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