Sunday, August 8, 2010

The Late Tony Judt Recalls Student Days at King's College, Cambridge

Tony Judt, the historian and public intellectual who passed away two days ago at age 62 after a very public battle with Lou Gehrig's diseasse (see the New York Times obituary here) has written (here) a remembrance of his student days at King's College, Cambridge, in the 1960s, which he portrays as a transitional period at the college. It should be of special interest to anyone interested in Cambridgiana, but it is more generally interesting for Judt's insights into the conflicting elements of meritocracy, elitism, egalitarianism, conservatism, and radicalism which persist at Oxbridge colleges (among others) to this day.

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