Introduction: Traces of an Intellectual Journey

in From Vienna to Chicago and Back

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print July 2007 | ISBN: 9780226776361
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226776385 | DOI:
Introduction: Traces of an Intellectual Journey

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This chapter discusses the author's impressions of the University of Chicago. It then turns to Benjamin Franklin and the research in Chicago. The author's main task in Chicago was research and writing. His work, first on Franklin, and in the later years on Alexander Hamilton, truly opened a new world. In Vienna, his task was to build up a new Foreign Policy Association. He also pursued American themes in lectures, in the assignment or suggestion of topics for dissertations, and in research. As opposed to North America, the age for selecting studies leading to a professional career is too young in most European countries. The essays in this book are meant to show the author's awareness of the state of the art at the time of writing.

Keywords: University of Chicago; Benjamin Franklin; research; writing; Alexander Hamilton; Vienna; Foreign Policy Association

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