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Academic Self-Interest

Sheldon Rothblatt, 19 January 1984

From Clergyman to Don: The Rise of the Academic Profession in 19th-Century Oxford 
by A.J. Engel.
Oxford, 302 pp., £22.50, February 1983, 0 19 822606 3
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... factor in social stratification was noted by historians, but class was the exciting issue. Engel begins in 1800, the year in which Oxford established its famous honours schools examination, a departure from historical precedent which is not yet fully understood. The new examinations revivified teaching. Instruction now had a specific as well as a wider ...

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