Educational Resources in the British Empire

Examining Nineteenth Century Ireland and Literacy

  • Tony Lyons
  • Noel Moloney

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Tony Lyons, Noel Moloney
    Pages 1-17
  3. Tony Lyons, Noel Moloney
    Pages 61-104
  4. Tony Lyons, Noel Moloney
    Pages 105-150
  5. Tony Lyons, Noel Moloney
    Pages 151-184
  6. Tony Lyons, Noel Moloney
    Pages 185-213
  7. Tony Lyons, Noel Moloney
    Pages 215-255
  8. Tony Lyons, Noel Moloney
    Pages 257-287
  9. Tony Lyons, Noel Moloney
    Pages 289-298
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 299-320

About this book


This book explores the impact of the Lesson Books of the National Board of Education in Ireland in the nineteenth century. The author contextualizes the books used in national schools as well as across the wider British Empire: in doing so, he highlights the influence of the religious, social, political and cultural realms of the time. Firmly grounding the volume in its historical context, the author goes on to explore the contemporary moral climate and social influences, including imperialism, morality, rote-learning and socialization. Through meticulous analysis of each Lesson Book, the author traces the evolution of education in Ireland as a reflection of contemporary society, as it changes and transforms in line with cultural, religious and social changes. This pioneering and comprehensive volume will be of interest and value to students and scholars of education in Ireland as well as education in the British Empire more widely.


Reading books in Ireland Colonial education National Schools Schools in the British Empire Literacy in Ireland

Authors and affiliations

  • Tony Lyons
    • 1
  • Noel Moloney
    • 2
  1. 1.Mary Immaculate CollegeUniversity of LimerickLimerickIreland
  2. 2.Mary Immaculate CollegeUniversity of LimerickLimerickIreland

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG, part of Springer Nature 2019
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Education Education (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-11276-9
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-11277-6
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