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The History of the University of Oxford


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Roy Jenkins, Daily Telegraph
`The eighth volume of the rather glorious History of the University of Oxford is a large and impressive achievement ... as an account of the objective framework of the life of the University of Oxford, this volume of its history could hardly be bettered.'
Times Literary Supplement
'This is a splendid book, vastly readable and often entertaining. Odd bits of information will stick in one's mind.'
Lord Beloff, Times Higher Education Supplement
'The scholarship is impeccable, the range of activities covered by the 33 contributors mind-boggling.'
Raymond Carr, The Spectator
'I am an interested party. But reading this excellent book - itself a monument to all that is good about Oxford scholarship - I have become all the more convinced that such a second dissolution would be a calamity not only for Oxford, but for us all.'
Niall Ferguson, Daily Mail
'the 24 contributors to this eighth volume all write with a wealth of information, and most of them with a critical insight which makes this monumental work far from being a complacent brochure of self-praise'
Roy Jenkins, Daily Telegraph
'It covers, with massive scholarship, all aspects of university life ... will bean invaluable work of reference for the history of ideas'
John A.F. Thomson, University of Glasgow, History, No. 256, June 1994
'this is an excellent book - absolutely first class - an intellectual triumph ... In short this book is worthy of its subject. Why did we ever expect anything more?'
A.D. Harvey, London Magazine, August/September 1994
'histories like this serve as reference books, or rather, collections of "reference essays"... the qualtity of writing and research is high and there has been a considerable amount of cross-referencing... the very amount of work involved in bringing this volume together is awe-inspiring... one is bound to be impressed with a volume that covers so much ground so well.
James Munson, Literary Supplement, September 1994
'This must be the most detailed and comprehensive history of any university produced in our time. Dr Harrison and his team have been triumphantly successful in providing, in a form both scholarly and readable, the historical background to these unresolved issues. Whatever its other failings, this is an academic community which can produce recent and contemporary history of outstanding quality and substance.'
G.E. Aylmer, St Peter's College, Oxford, Journal of Educational Administration and History, Volume 27, Number 1, January 1995
`The editor, Brian Harrison, who has contributed three of the best chapters to this volume, deserves to be praised.'
Book reviews
`The volume constantly displays the skill and learning of its editor. Elsewhere, Keith Thomas provides a fascinating view of college life as experienced by him, and J M Winter introduces the process of change in Oxford by an important account of the impact of the First World War. Fine chapters are many. The heft of the volume and its riches mean that it will provide materials and ideas for a long time to come.'
`formidably scholarly and informative'
R.D. Anderson, University of Edinburgh, History, Vol. 81
`it will be consulted with confidence by generations of historians and other curious people for as long as a social, intellectual, cultural or political history survive as serious activities ... a massive and well-signposted quarry ... the richest store of anecdote and oral history that has been assembled about this curious place, or perhaps about anywhere else. This is a volume about the paradoxes of radical change and obstinate continuities.'
H.G. Judge, Brasenose College, Oxford, Oxford Review of Education, Vol. 23, No. 2, 1997

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