Creating the Cold War University: The Transformation of Stanford

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University of California Press, Jul 1, 1997 - History - 300 pages
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The "cold war university" is the academic component of the military-industrial-academic complex, and its archetype, according to Rebecca Lowen, is Stanford University. Her book challenges the conventional wisdom that the post-World War II "multiversity" was created by military patrons on the one hand and academic scientists on the other and points instead to the crucial role played by university administrators in making their universities dependent upon military, foundation, and industrial patronage.

Contesting the view that the "federal grant university" originated with the outpouring of federal support for science after the war, Lowen shows how the Depression had put financial pressure on universities and pushed administrators to seek new modes of funding. She also details the ways that Stanford administrators transformed their institution to attract patronage.

With the end of the cold war and the tightening of federal budgets, universities again face pressures not unlike those of the 1930s. Lowen's analysis of how the university became dependent on the State is essential reading for anyone concerned about the future of higher education in the post-cold war era.

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The Thirties
Stanford Goes to War
Eroding Departmental Autonomy
Exploiting a Wonderful Opportunity
A WinWinWin Relationship
Building Steeples of Excellence
Private Foundations and the Behavioral Revolution
The Undergraduates
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Page 14 - the contract alone might have sufficed to reassure wary university administrators that they could enjoy federal patronage and insulation from democratic control, it was the offer to subsidize the universities themselves through the payment of indirect, or overhead,

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Rebecca S. Lowen is currently Visiting Scholar in History at the University of California, San Diego.

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