Decades of Chaos and Revolution presents an insightful picture of the tension and tumult that college presidents of the 1960s and 70s had no choice but to face. Author Stephen J. Nelson traces the roots of ideological battles in the university that have persisted over the last 60 years. He examines what worked and what didn’t in the tactics used by presidents in the face of the demands inspired by the protests and politics of the 1960s and shows how they have shaped succeeding generations of presidents. Then he unravels the parallel issues and unfinished business of the 1960s, which evolved in ensuing decades, and with which presidents in the 21st century also must grapple.
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