Mass Education and the Limits of State Building, c.1870–1930

  • Laurence Brockliss
  • Nicola Sheldon

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. General Introduction

    1. Laurence Brockliss, Nicola Sheldon
      Pages 1-12
  3. The British Isles

  4. Continental Europe

  5. The Wider World

  6. The Colonial Empires

  7. Back Matter
    Pages 305-325

About this book


The first comparative study of the spread of mass education around the world in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, this unique new book uses a bottom-up focus and demonstrates, to an extent not appreciated hitherto, the gulf between the intentions of the government and the reality on the ground.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Laurence Brockliss
    • 1
  • Nicola Sheldon
    • 2
  1. 1.Magdalen CollegeOxfordUK
  2. 2.Institute of Historical ResearchUniversity of LondonUK

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited 2012
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Palgrave History Collection
  • Print ISBN 978-1-349-32399-9
  • Online ISBN 978-0-230-37021-0
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