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Obras de James Axtell

Indian Missions: A Critical Bibliography (1978) — Autor — 7 cópias

Associated Works

American Heritage Magazine Vol 28 No 3 1977 April (1977) — Contribuinte — 15 cópias
The Story of America: Beginnings to 1914 (2006) — Contribuinte, algumas edições6 cópias

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Conhecimento Comum

Nome de batismo
Axtell, James L.
Data de nascimento
1941-12-20
Sexo
male
Nacionalidade
USA
Local de nascimento
Endicott, New York, USA
Educação
University of Cambridge (Trinity) (PhD|1967)
Yale University (AB|1963)
Ocupação
historian
professor
Organizações
College of William and Mary
Premiações
American Academy of Arts and Letters (Fellow)
Pequena biografia
William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Humanities, Department of History, College of William and Mary

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Axtell starts his history with Cambridge and Oxford (“Oxbridge”), with English colleges mainly training men for the clergy. Later they became places where the aristocracy sent their sons so that they could find jobs as diplomats or other government posts. From there he goes to the very first college in America, created to educate men for the clergy. Grammar schools proliferated in America right before the Civil War, creating people adequately educated to go to college. He follows the change of colleges as places of rote learning and religious instruction into places that encouraged exploration, experimentation, and research rather than memorizing scripture. Colleges expanded across the USA and became universities that were expected to turn out new findings and technology. The land grant universities are given merely a quick nod. The world war and the GI Bill changed the faces of the universities, as adults filled colleges rather than teenagers. The universities turned into tools of the government, turning out weapons along with economists, scientists, and future legislators.

The book is what it says it is; a history of the universities, with heavy emphasis on the USA. It’s very detailed but pretty dry. I would have liked to see what universities, like Cambridge and Oxford, in other countries had turned into as the ones in the US matured. Sure they have not stagnated for three hundred years. What about the German system that attracted so many students from the US in years before the American system got going? Interesting book but very specialized.
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lauriebrown54 | Jul 26, 2016 |
Interesting, readable narrative of the contest between Britain and France, with American Indian involvement, for control of North America. Axtell focuses on the contest of ideas rather than the usual military history, and suggests that the Indians were the most successful at making "converts." He views the French and Indians as "two wily foxes" against the British lion. Spain belongs in the book, too, but Axtell omits it for reasons of expediency (i.e., the book would have taken another decade or so to complete).… (mais)
 
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Muscogulus | 1 outra resenha | Jul 29, 2012 |
 
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WWPL | Apr 6, 2017 |

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Estatísticas

Obras
33
Also by
4
Membros
778
Popularidade
#32,714
Avaliação
½ 3.6
Resenhas
5
ISBNs
50
Idiomas
1

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