The University According to Humboldt and the Alternatives

  • Jürgen BackhausEmail author
Part of the SpringerBriefs in Economics book series (BRIEFSECONOMICS, volume 89)


When Wilhelm Von Humboldt reformed the Prussian universities, at the same time he increased the number and enrolment of these universities substantially, yet he also closed the University of Erfurt, which had seen its prime during the Middle Ages and has only been refounded in our days in a second attempt in 1994. In this sense, the University of Erfurt provides a wonderful example to discuss, not only Humboldt’s reform and the alternatives, but at the same time, in looking at the time before and after Humboldt, we can discuss the alternatives in terms of first what he had found and found in need of reform, and second which challenges should now be considered also in a comparative perspective.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of Economics, Law, and Social Sciences, Krupp Foundation Chair in Public Finance and Fiscal SociologyUniversity of ErfurtErfurtGermany

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