Contending With Modernity: Catholic Higher Education in the Twentieth Century by Philip Gleason

Contending With Modernity: Catholic Higher Education in the Twentieth Century

byPhilip Gleason

Hardcover | April 30, 1999

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How did Catholic colleges and universities deal with the modernization of education and the rise of research universities? In this book, Philip Gleason offers the first comprehensive study of Catholic higher education in the twentieth century, tracing the evolution of responses to anincreasingly secular educational system. At the beginning of the century, Catholics accepted modernization in the organizational sphere while resisting it ideologically. Convinced of the truth of their religious and intellectual position, the restructured Catholic colleges grew rapidly afterWorld War I, committed to educating for a "Catholic Renaissance." This spirit of militance carried over into the post-World War II era, but new currents were also stirring as Catholics began to look more favorably on modernity in its American form. Meanwhile, their colleges and universities werebeing transformed by continuing growth and professionalization. By the 1960's, changes in church teaching and cultural upheaval in American society reinforced the internal transformation already under way, creating an "identity crisis" which left Catholic educators uncertain of their purpose. Emphasizing the importance to American culture of the growth of education at all levels, Gleason connects the Catholic story with major national trends and historical events. By situating developments in higher education within the context of American Catholic thought, Contending with Modernityprovides the fullest account available of the intellectual development of American Catholicism in the twentieth century.

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Philip Gleason is at University of Notre Dame.

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Title:Contending With Modernity: Catholic Higher Education in the Twentieth CenturyFormat:HardcoverDimensions:448 pages, 9.57 × 6.5 × 1.18 inPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0195098285

ISBN - 13:9780195098280

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How did Catholic colleges deal with the modernization of higher education and the rise of research universities? This sweeping history of Catholic education in America answers this question, as it discusses the resulting "identity crisis" which left Catholic educators uncertain of their purpose

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"Philip Gleason's histpry of American Catholic higher education in the twentieth century is masterful. ...the most important study of the topic since Edward J. Power's History of Catholic Higher Education in the United States (1958)."--American Historical Review