The Illustrated History of Oxford University

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For hundreds of years leaders of nations have been educated at Oxford. The architecture of the University and colleges has become one of the glories of Europe. The holdings of the libraries and museums are among the most extensive and important in the world. And, most importantly, Oxford has been at the center of major scholarship since the Middle Ages, having made lasting contributions in the study of religion, classics, the arts, the sciences, and more.
In The Illustrated History of Oxford University, John Prest has assembled the fascinating story of Oxford--from its origins 800 years ago to the present day--to give a uniquely authoritative version of the University for the general reader. Written by a team of esteemed scholars, all leaders in their fields, this wide-ranging volume captures all of the richness and diversity of Oxford as it details its significant and colorful past. From the brilliant intellectual beginnings of the University in the twelfth century to its twentieth-century emphasis on research, the Illustrated History charts the growth and development of a university competing at the frontiers of knowledge.

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About the Author: John Prest is Fellow and Tutor of Balliol College, Oxford University.

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`it offers a wide and unhackneyed choice of over 200 well-captioned illustrations packed into some 400 pages ... John Prest, and his nine contributors have made this far more than another Oxford picture book ... If appeal subscribers want to know what Oxford has given to the world, this book should help to tell them.' The Oxford Times

'lavish book ... It's essential reading for anyone who wants to know more about the fascinating and colourful background of our unique university city and the sometimes bloody rivalry between town and gown.' Oxford Star

'well produced book, essential reference for anyone wanting to learn more about the quirky story that produced this beautiful city' Christopher Koenig, Oxford Star

'Oxford University Press's gorgeous new L25 Illustrated History of Oxford University ... the first full-blown history of the university' Don Chapman, Oxford Mail

'the illustrations are excellent, time and again finding some unfamiliar building, or unfamiliar aspect of a familiar building to show' Auberon Waugh, Daily Telegraph

'This handsome book is indeed illustrated splendidly, and about Oxford University.' Anthony Quinton, London Evening Standard

'it has smooth, acid-free, quarto pages, beautifully printed, sturdily bound and profusely illustrated ... Scholars will still want the much more expensive eight-volume History, which has been slowly appearing since 1984; but many, including tourists and the economical, will settle for this resplendent account in one book.' Times Literary Supplement

'solidly informative ... much which will interest the specialist as well as the general reader' R.D. Anderson, University of Edinburgh, History, No. 255, February 1994

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