A Concise History of the University of Cambridge

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Cambridge University Press, Sep 26, 1996 - Education - 274 pages
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This concise, illustrated history of the University of Cambridge, from its thirteenth-century origins to the present day, is the only book of its kind in print and is intended as a standard introduction for anyone interested in one of the world's greatest academic institutions. Many individuals are celebrated here who have exerted great influence upon developments within the University and beyond. But forces for change have often come from outside the University, from central government or from the aspirations and expectations of society at large. One of the prime objectives of this book is to describe how the university has reacted to, or resisted, these external pressures. At the same time it conveys an impression of the day-to-day experiences of students and their teachers and administrators over the University's 700-year history. Major university institutions, such as the University Press and the University Library, are also described briefly. The book contains many attractive and often unusual illustrations, of subjects ranging from medieval manuscripts to the striking new building projects of the 1990s.
 

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Contents

From the beginnings to the late fifteenth century
1
Cambridge under the Tudors 14851603
29
From the accession of James I to the election of the duke of Newcastle as chancellor 16031748
66
From the election of the duke of Newcastle to the beginning of reform 17481840
108
From the Victorian reforms to the First World War 18401914
146
Cambridge since the First World War
188
Foundations of colleges
223
Matriculations 15441989 graph
225
Triposes dates of first classlists
226
Diplomas and taught courses for postgraduates 18751995
228
Extracts from GB Skelseys Unofficial guide to the organisation and procedures of the University of Cambridge
234
Nobel prizewinners and members of the Order of Merit
239
Glossary
242
Further reading
247
Index
259
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