© 1998

Education in Britain, 1750–1914


  • Treats education broadly, embracing informal aspects like the spread of reading and basic literacy and the part played by cultural activities, as well as developments in the provision of formal elementary, secondary, adult and higher education
    Covers England, Wales and Scotland. No other recent textbook covers the educational history of all three countries
    Provides critical assessment of the varying strengths of opposing viewpoints on numerous topics of historical controversy, drawing on recent research

Part of the Social History in Perspective book series (SHP)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. W. B. Stephens
    Pages 1-20
  3. W. B. Stephens
    Pages 40-55
  4. W. B. Stephens
    Pages 77-97
  5. W. B. Stephens
    Pages 144-161
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 162-220

About this book


This concise study covers the development of education throughout Great Britain from the Industrial Revolution to the Great War: a period in which urbanization, industrialization and population growth posed huge social and political problems, and education became one of the fiercest areas of conflict in society.


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Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.University College LondonUK
  2. 2.University of LeedsUK

About the authors

W.B. STEPHENS is Honorary Research Fellow at University College, London. Until retirement he was Reader in the University of Leeds, where he was a sometime Dean of the Faculty of Education and a Curator of the University's Museum of Education.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Education in Britain, 1750–1914
  • Authors W B Stephens
  • Series Title Social History in Perspective
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Macmillan Publishers Limited 1998
  • Publisher Name Palgrave, London
  • eBook Packages Palgrave History Collection History (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-0-333-60511-0
  • Softcover ISBN 978-0-333-60512-7
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-349-27231-0
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XI, 220
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Additional Information Previously published under the imprint Palgrave
  • Topics History of Britain and Ireland
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