Myths and Traditions of Central European University Culture

Lukáš Fasora and Jirí Hanuš

Myths and Traditions of Central European University Culture

Lukáš Fasora and Jirí Hanuš

Distributed for Karolinum Press, Charles University

Translated by Graeme Dibble
224 pages | 6 3/4 x 9 1/2
Paper $25.00 ISBN: 9788024643809 Will Publish April 2020 Not for sale in the Czech Republic and the Slovak Republic
By examining the myriad myths surrounding Central European universities, Czech historians Lukáš Fasora and Jiří Hanuš take a diachronic approach to investigating the issues facing higher learning in the region. Using careful historical research, the authors point out vast discontinuities, comparing how the philosophy of education from the Middle Ages to the nineteenth century has changed and how this evolution relates to the current administrative goals of higher education. As they confront the history and myths of university education, the authors do not shy away from exploring difficult questions, such as whether political and economic influences have completely transformed the goals and structure of today’s universities in Central Europe. Though focused on university systems in a specific geographic region, the findings have wide-ranging implications for higher education the world over.
Contents
An introduction for foreign readers Myth: an attempt at understanding university history The myth of university freedom The Humboldtian myth The myth of the united university The myth of indisputable foundations The myth of contributing to society The myth of university governance The myth of territory The history of university culture and some current issues Bibliography
Review Quotes
Jirí Štaif, head of the Department of Social History at Charles University, Prague
“This is a highly topical and rewarding book, as it provides a fresh rejoinder to many foreign and domestic discussions about the past, present, and future mission of universities.”
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