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By Quentin Skinner

ISBN-10: 0521222842

ISBN-13: 9780521222846

ISBN-10: 0521294355

ISBN-13: 9780521294355

A two-volume learn of political suggestion from the past due 13th to the tip of the 16th century, the decisive interval of transition from medieval to trendy political thought. The paintings is meant to be either an advent to the interval for college students, and a presentation and justification of a selected method of the translation of old texts. Quentin Skinner provides an overview account of all of the critical texts of the interval, discussing in flip the manager political writings of Dante, Marsiglio, Bartolus, Machiavelli, Erasmus and extra, Luther and Calvin, Bodin and the Calvinist revolutionaries. yet he additionally examines a really huge variety of lesser writers which will clarify the final social and highbrow context during which those top theorists labored. He therefore offers the heritage no longer as a procession of 'classic texts' yet are extra comfortably intelligible. He strains by means of this suggests the slow emergence of the vocabulary of contemporary political proposal, and particularly the an important thought of the nation. we're given an perception into the particular techniques of the formation of ideologies and into a number of the linkages among political idea and perform. Professor Skinner has been offered the Balzan Prize existence Time fulfillment Award for Political concept, background and conception. complete info of this award are available at

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Still, all was not what it had been. "15 But the Depression crimped the already straitened lives of commuters and boardinghouse dwellers. A faculty member sympathetically discussed the plight of commuter "untouchables" in 1932. By the mid19308 almost a quarter of the undergraduates lived at home, and their numbers were growing. If anything, the house system deepened their isolation from the rest of the College. They had no building they could call their own; the Freshman Union was open to them, but its meals were too expensive.

His efforts to come up with viable answers defined his presidency. Conant believed that the faculty's primary task was not so much to preserve as to advance learning. " He estimated that about half the Harvard staff consisted of scholars and half "of men who are frankly not active or interested in the advancement of knowledge in the widest possible sense of the term. " His hopes for Harvard's undergraduates were strikingly similar. 22 Conant's belief in equal opportunity and social mobility coexisted with more than a trace of red-in-tooth-and-claw academic social Darwinism.

The transformation was cultural as well as quantitative. By two to one, postwar students planned on graduate study; by almost as large a margin they wanted to go into the professions rather than business. For the first time the College had a number of married undergraduates, and officials had to concern themselves with seeking out and, in extremis, providing housing for these couples. )21 The veterans invigorated student cultural life. The University's Sanders Theater had been dark four or five nights a week before the war; by 1948 it was in constant use for concerts, plays, lectures, and debates.

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