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By Ursula Wokoeck

Throughout the 19th century and the 1st 1/2 the 20th, German universities have been on the vanguard of scholarship in Oriental reviews. Drawing upon a complete survey of hundreds of thousands of German courses at the center East from this era, this ebook offers an in depth historical past of the improvement of Orientalism. providing a substitute for the view of Orientalism as a simply highbrow pursuit or completely as a functionality of politics, this publication strains the improvement of the self-discipline as a occupation. the writer discusses the interrelation among study offerings and employment possibilities at German universities, reading the historical past of the self-discipline in the framework of the arts. On that foundation, subject matters similar to the institution of Oriental philology; the method of institutional differentiation among the research of Semitic languages and the examine of Sanskrit and comparative linguistics; the emergence of Assyriology; and the partial institution of Islamic stories are explored. This special point of view at the heritage of Oriental stories within the German culture contributes to the knowledge of the broader historical past of the sector, and may be of serious curiosity to students and scholars of center East stories, background, and German background specifically.

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It may be worthwhile noting that an additional opening of the universities, namely the admission of women did not have any major impact on the rising Working at the university L 51 student numbers. Women's demands for university admission had been stalled on grounds of overcrowding during the 1880s and 1890s. Since 1900, when student numbers had declined, women were gradually admitted to universities, first in the smaller German states (Baden 1900, Bavaria 1903, Wiirttemberg 1904, Saxony 1906) and in Prussia in 1908 (Kraul 1991: 289).

With regard to Greek, the third foreign language, the cuts were less dramatic, but still considerable: from 42 to 40 in 1882, and then to 36 hours in 1892. 11 These figures indicate that public pressure and the Kaiser's (emperor's) personal intervention in 1889 were leading towards a reform of the concept of higher school education (Albisetti and Lundgreen 1991: 236). Major change occurred only at the turn of the century. By that time, student numbers had declined and thus overcrowding was no longer a problem.

Whereas in the eighteenth century universities preferred to hire their own graduates, a distinct trend towards opening employment opportunities to outsiders emerged in the course of the nineteenth century. Thus it became increasingly unimportant for the academic career at which university the doctoral degree was obtained (Willett 200 1: 120-21, 124). The change in the employment policy was in part a function of the more active involvement of the state/ministry which resulted from the need for state funding.

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