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School Acts and the Rise of Mass Schooling

Education Policy in the Long Nineteenth Century

  • Johannes Westberg
  • Lukas Boser
  • Ingrid Brühwiler

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Johannes Westberg, Lukas Boser, Ingrid Brühwiler
    Pages 1-15
  3. Lukas Boser, Michèle Hofmann, Ingrid Brühwiler
    Pages 67-92
  4. Núria Mallorquí-Ruscalleda
    Pages 171-193
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 373-379

About this book


This book examines school acts in the long nineteenth century, traditionally considered as milestones or landmarks in the process of achieving universal education. Guided by a strong interest in social, cultural, and economic history, the case studies featured in the book rethink the actual value, the impact, and the ostensible purpose of school acts. The thirteen national case studies focus on the manner in which school acts were embedded in their particular historical contexts, offering a comprehensive and multidisciplinary overview of school acts and the role they played in the rise of mass schooling. Drawing together research from countries across the West, the editors and contributors analyse why these acts were passed, as well as their content and impact. This seminal collection will appeal to students and scholars of school acts and the history of mass schooling.
Chapter 9 of this book is available open access under a CC BY 4.0 license at


Mass Schooling School acts Educational legislation Schooling and the administrative state Education and nation building

Editors and affiliations

  • Johannes Westberg
    • 1
  • Lukas Boser
    • 2
  • Ingrid Brühwiler
    • 3
  1. 1.School of Humanities, Education and Social SciencesÖrebro UniversityÖrebroSweden
  2. 2.School of EducationUniversity of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern SwitzerlandSolothurnSwitzerland
  3. 3.Public Schools DepartmentCanton of Appenzell AusserrhodenHerisauSwitzerland

About the editors

Johannes Westberg is Professor of Education in the School of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences at Örebro University, Sweden, and is a member of the editorial team of the Nordic Journal of Educational History.
Lukas Boser is Senior Lecturer in the School of Education at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern, Switzerland. 
Ingrid Brühwiler is Head of the Public School Department in Canton Appenzell Ausserrhoden, Switzerland.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title School Acts and the Rise of Mass Schooling
  • Book Subtitle Education Policy in the Long Nineteenth Century
  • Editors Johannes Westberg
    Lukas Boser
    Ingrid Brühwiler
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2019
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Education Education (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-030-13569-0
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-030-13572-0
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-030-13570-6
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XVII, 379
  • Number of Illustrations 11 b/w illustrations, 1 illustrations in colour
  • Topics History of Education
    Educational Policy and Politics
    Social History
    Education Policy
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