The Continuity of University History: A Case-Study of Portuguese Studium Generale (1288–1377)

15 Pages Posted: 21 Nov 2013

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Aleksandr Rusanov

National Research University Higher School of Economics

Date Written: November 18, 2013

Abstract

The paper reviews the problem of caesuras and continuity of Portuguese University’s history. A study of the University papers showed gaps in its institutional history caused by several relocations from Coimbra to Lisbon. Sometimes such caesuras raise doubts in the continuity of the University’s history and suggest the existence of different studia generalia that alternated with each other for the period under study. However, contemporary historians and members of the university community view the different universities as parts of one and the same university. Our case-study demonstrates that this view is based on the documents concerning economic privileges granted to the University by the country’s rulers and the Roman popes. If recognized as a new university, the studium generale would have lost its former privileges. Thus, the logic of collective memory of Portuguese University was based on the image of its historical continuity.

Keywords: university history, Portuguese University, royal privileges, archives, economics

JEL Classification: Z

Suggested Citation

Rusanov, Aleksandr, The Continuity of University History: A Case-Study of Portuguese Studium Generale (1288–1377) (November 18, 2013). Higher School of Economics Research Paper No. WP BRP 37/HUM/2013, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2356441 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2356441

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