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A Brief History of Universities


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vii
  2. John C. Moore
    Pages 1-7
  3. John C. Moore
    Pages 9-36
  4. John C. Moore
    Pages 37-60
  5. John C. Moore
    Pages 61-86
  6. John C. Moore
    Pages 87-112
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 113-126

About this book


In this book, John C. Moore surveys the history of universities, from their origin in the Middle Ages to the present.  Universities have survived the disruptive power of the Protestant Reformation, the Scientific, French, and Industrial Revolutions, and the turmoil of two world wars—and they have been exported to every continent through Western imperialism. Moore deftly tells this story in a series of chronological chapters, covering major developments such as the rise of literary humanism and the printing press, the “Berlin model” of universities as research institutions, the growing importance of science and technology, and the global wave of campus activism that rocked the twentieth century. Focusing on significant individuals and global contexts, he highlights how the university has absorbed influences without losing its central traditions. Today, Moore argues, as universities seek corporate solutions to twenty-first-century problems, we must renew our commitment to a higher education that produces not only technicians, but citizens.


the Western University literary humanism Protestant Reformation Scientific Revolution the Printing Press the Enlightenment research institutions corporate model of universities the liberal arts

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Hofstra UniversityHempsteadUSA

About the authors

John C. Moore is Professor Emeritus of History at Hofstra University, USA. He is the author of Love in Twelfth-Century France (1972) and Pope Innocent III (1160/1161–1216): To Root Up and to Plant (2003).

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title A Brief History of Universities
  • Authors John C. Moore
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2019
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Pivot, Cham
  • eBook Packages History History (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-030-01318-9
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-030-13169-2
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-030-01319-6
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages VII, 126
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics European History
    Cultural History
    History of Education
    Intellectual Studies
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