The Two Nations and the Educational Structure: 1780-1870

The Two Nations and the Educational Structure: 1780-1870

Sep 2002

The Two Nations and the Educational Structure 1780-1870 is the first in Brian Simon’s Studies in the History of Education series. It traces the emergence of modern education from the efforts of the scientific societies in the 1780s up to the securing of universal education with the Education Act of 1870.


The ideas for modern schools, by such reformers as James Mill and Jeremy Bentham, are expounded in detail, together with the early attempts at working people’s self-education; the struggle for leadership of the Mechanic’s Institute and Robert Owen’s movement for communal education. Reform of the universities and grammar schools is shown as part of the changeover of political power from the landed aristocracy to the industrial middle class. The book documents the struggle of the Chartists to ensure the working class was educated, and it examines the important role of the trade Unions is pushing through the Education Act of 1870.

Paperback, 374pp, All rights L&W

This is the first volume in Brian Simon’s series Studies in the History of Education.

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