From Illustrious School to University of Amsterdam

An Illustrated History

Peter Jan Knegtmans

Peter Jan Knegtmans

Distributed for Amsterdam University Press

288 pages | 100 color plates, 50 halftones | 7 x 9-3/4 | © 2007
Paper $39.95 ISBN: 9789053569641 Published February 2008 For sale only in the United States, its dependencies, the Philippines, and Canada
If Gerard Vossius and Caspar Barlaeus, the two scholars who founded the Athenaeum Illustre in 1632, were to return to the school today, would they recognize much of their humble scholastic roots in what has become today’s University of Amsterdam? More likely, they would stand amazed at the sheer scale of the university, its growing numbers of female staff and students, and its broadening concept of scholarship. This wonderfully readable and fully illustrated history of the University of Amsterdam recounts the change in worldview, educational content, and scholastic frontiers from the day of Vossius and Barlaeus to the present, exploring how scholars and students understood and performed their tasks, what their day-to-day life was like, and how both groups located themselves within Amsterdam society.
Contents
Foreword

Worlds of Difference
 
1. Modest Beginnings, 1629-1679

An Illustrious School in Amsterdam
Universities and illustrious schools
A false start
Between school and university
1668: a new beginning
 
2. Expansion and Contraction, 1679-1735
Economies—or not?
The theological “faculty”
Scholars and enthusiasts
The theatre of the physicians
The Athenaeum as a city university
Back to basics
Out of the abyss
 
3. Two Faces, 1735-1794
Fighting decline
Burmann’s Athenaeum (1742-1770)
The Athenaeum and experimentation
Cras’ Athenaeum (from 1771)
Studies and students
 
4. Revolution and Recovery, 1795-1846
From Athenaeum Illustre to Schola Amstelodamensis
A new task
Structure in higher education
University-standard education
Medicine and the Clinical School
Amsterdam student life
A regard for learning
 
5. Towards a Metropolitan University, 1847-1892
A student body
A new spirit
Academics and amateurs
A free university?
Staff turnover
The turning point
The University of Amsterdam
A city university
New science
 
6. Second to None, 1893-1932
A jewel in Amsterdam’s crown
University and fatherland
The First World War
Rigour and professionalisation
Medicine and healthcare
The university’s position
Newcomers

7. Crisis, 1932-1960
A university in search of itself
Discipline and self-discipline
The squeeze
Underground
The purge
Renewal?
Growth
ON the status of the municipal university
 
8. City and University after 1960
City and university after 1960
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