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Affirmation and Dissent: Columbia’s Response to the Crisis of World War I


reviewed by Walter P. Metzger — 1972

coverTitle: Affirmation and Dissent: Columbia’s Response to the Crisis of World War I
Author(s): William Summerscales
Publisher: John Wiley, New York
ISBN: , Pages: , Year:
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The principal merit of this slender book is that it links the assaults on academic freedom at Columbia University during World War I to precursive changes in that institution's in­ternal structure, size, and administrative style. To the extent that historians still regard the campus repressions of that period as dis­crete and anomalous misadventures, charge­able to war-shock and nothing else, a contextual approach of this sort serves an important corrective purpose. While the au­thor may not acknowledge the thesis, his ar­chival researches support the argument that the unhappy events of 1917 were more often denouements than lapses; more often the out­comes of settled habits than the works of temporarily enfevered minds. It is clear, for example, that the Columbia Board of Trustees had not awaited the signal of the Wilson war message to indulge its taste for inquisition. In the spring of 1916 it had summoned the eminent historian, Charles A. Beard, and several junior members of the faculty to respond in star chamber to the allegation... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 73 Number 4, 1972, p. 599-601
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 1632, Date Accessed: 12/18/2017 12:00:59 AM

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