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Absolutism and the Eighteenth-Century Origins of Compulsory Schooling in Prussia and Austria

Absolutism and the Eighteenth-Century Origins of Compulsory Schooling in Prussia and Austria

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  • Date Published: November 2003
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521528566

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  • Focusing on the reigns of Frederick the Great of Prussia (1740-86) and Maria Theresa of Austria (1740-80), James Van Horn Melton examines in this book the origins, aims, and achievements of the compulsory school movements in these states. Melton draws on a broad range of sources to show how school reform was part of a broader effort to transform social, economic, and cultural behavior at the popular level.

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    "James Van Horn Melton has produced an important work on the educational policies of the absolute state and the social purposes behind them." The Eighteenth Century

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    • Date Published: November 2003
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521528566
    • length: 288 pages
    • dimensions: 230 x 152 x 19 mm
    • weight: 0.433kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of tables
    List of abbreviations
    Administrative divisions of the Habsburg and Hohenzolln monarchies, 1780
    Part I. Cultural and Religious Forces:
    1. Popular schooling in early modern Prussia and Austria
    2. The rise of Pietist pedagogy
    3. From image to word: cultural reform and the rise of literate culture in Theresian Austria
    4. The catholic appropriation of Pietist pedagogy: Johann Ignaz Felbiger
    Part II. Social and Economic Forces:
    5. Mastering the masterless: cameralism, rural industry, and popular education
    6. From compulsory labor to compulsory schooling: education and the crisis of seigniorial authority
    Part III. The Limits of Reform:
    7. School reform in Frederickian Prussia
    8. The Theresian school reform of 1774
    Selected bibliography

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    James van Horn Melton

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