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

  • Publish Date: 2003-11-13
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Author: James Van Horn Melton
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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.