Its scope keeps this well-written survey of European higher education fairly general. But it offers fascinating tidbits. For instance, contrary to popular belief, medieval universities aimed primarily to produce administrators, lawyers, and doctors, not theologians.
And in those days, students protected their rights in university towns by going on strike against abuses by local governments and landlords.
Besides covering the beginning of European universities, and the impact of the Renaissance, Reformation, and Enlightenment, the book shows how higher education changed in the industrial era.
There are also sections on women's higher education and the European university's effect elsewhere in the world.