Cloth $76.50 ISBN: 9789087280307 Published February 2009 For sale only in the United States, its dependencies, the Philippines, and Canada

The Bastion of Liberty

Leiden University Today and Yesterday

Willem Otterspeer

Willem Otterspeer

Distributed for Leiden University Press

312 pages | 42 color plates, 34 halftones | 8-1/4 x 10-1/4 | © 2008
Cloth $76.50 ISBN: 9789087280307 Published February 2009 For sale only in the United States, its dependencies, the Philippines, and Canada

Leiden University was founded as an institution that would embody a particular set of academic ethics that sought to improve society through the acquisition of knowledge. In this volume, author Willem Otterspeer draws on the idea of Leiden as a “bastion of liberty” and proposes that concepts such as “equilibrium” and “scale” are key to understanding the university as an institution, ultimately showing how universities are a form of social capital, one of Western society’s answers to the dilemma of collective action, and an instrument for preserving and restoring continuity in the world.

Contents
Preface
Introduction
 
1   Weapons and Words: Leiden University 1575-1775
 
2   Freedom and Restraint: Leiden University 1775-1975
 
3   Unity and Plurality: Leiden University 1975-Today
 
Graphs and Tables
Photo Credits
Bibliography
Index
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