Purely Academic

Purely Academic

Purely Academic

Purely Academic

Excerpt

Everybody walked with a springier step, but the social scientists fairly danced. It was not only the crisp October day. They had promised to meet the President at the Triangle Club at four sharp; the departmental heads were there by three. They met casually, but they were carefully dressed.

"If the Winthrop Foundation really wants to do something," said Schneider, "the surface is barely scratched. Our department is strong in political and economic history; however, the library could spend five or ten thousand on diplomatic history and still be behind."

"Diplomatic history of what?" inquired Nast. There was skepticism in his voice.

"Origins of the First World War," said Schneider. He laughed, almost apologetically. "That's about what the term diplomatic history has come to mean with us historians. It's been one of the most remarkable developments in my professional lifetime. And the foun-

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