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'The history of Oxford University Press'


Fri, March 29, 2013 | Prothero Theater, Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center

2:45 PM - 4:30 PM

In the three quarters of a century after 1896, Oxford University Press expanded to become a worldwide business with branches in Asia and Africa as well as America.  It surpassed all other university presses in sheer size, range of publication, and worldwide scope.  The date 1896 is significant because of the creation of OUP New York.  In 1970 the Press still retained many of its anachronistic nineteenth century characteristics and was anti-modern in outlook. It operated in extreme secrecy and seemed to be accountable only to itself.  In the 1960s Oxford University launched a major inquiry into the affairs of the Press. The Press not only survived the inquiry but took on a new vitality, eventually modernizing itself into the publishing giant we know today as OUP.

      Wm. Roger Louis has recently published with Avi Shlaim The 1967 Arab-Israeli War: Origins and Consequences (Cambridge University Press, February 2013).

Sponsored by: Faculty Seminar on British Studies

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