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By Gordon S. Wood

Original 12 months of publication: 1991; pb - 1993

In a grand and immensely readable synthesis of ancient, political, cultural, and financial research, a prize-winning historian depicts even more than a holiday with England. He offers readers a revolution that remodeled a virtually feudal society right into a democratic one, whose rising realities occasionally baffled and disillusioned its founding fathers.

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I also came to understand what Abraham How relieved I would be if my own talk, scheduled for Jan- Flexner meant by saying that the Institute should gather uary, should go well! It did go well, very well, and I was together the best minds, minds that teach best by not teach- simply elated. In the course of time, I learned that polite- ing at all. The School of Social Science, where nothing was ness should be welcome everywhere in daily life, except in being taught, was the place where I learned a great deal.

I came back experience—and a challenging one for each speaker. If to the Institute in 1982 as a long-term member, but left the you came early, you had half an hour to clean your plate, school prematurely in 1984 to accept an appointment at the and then you had to deliver your talk, for half an hour, not newly founded German Institute for Advanced Study in much more, followed by a period of questions and answers. Berlin, the Wissenschaftskolleg. m. sharp, it was over. If five minutes into your talk no return.

To watch the interplay between these two, so differ- something exciting and convincing. ent in their intellectual temperaments, so well matched in The highlight of the School of Social Science was—and their cognitive brilliance, and so close in their friendship, still is, I believe—the Thursday Luncheon Seminar. For a was an unforgettable experience. Later, they were joined by German academic, it was a most unusual, almost exotic Michael Walzer, Joan Scott, and Eric Maskin. I came back experience—and a challenging one for each speaker.

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