Given the iconic significance of this university, referenced in the book’s title, the study recommends itself not only to the small community of university historians but also to scholars more broadly interested in the politics and social history of academic institutions and professions. . . . This book presents an informative. . . overview of the social and political history of Germany’s leading university at the height of its significance and fame.
These two recent university histories [Berlin and Nottingham: A History of Britain’s Global University by John Beckett] both offer a mine of useful information and key analyses of university development. . . . McClelland paints a detailed picture of the hierarchy of academic staff in the Berlin system. . . . These two books, both well written. . . merit deep attention by historians, especially those of higher education.