Globalization and the Rise of Mass Education

  • David Mitch
  • Gabriele Cappelli

Part of the Palgrave Studies in Economic History book series (PEHS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xx
  2. Gabriele Cappelli, David Mitch
    Pages 1-21
  3. Global Religious Activity and Schooling

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 23-23
    2. Felix Meier zu Selhausen
      Pages 25-59
  4. Colonial Legacies, Local Elites and Schooling

  5. Global Migrations and Human Capital Accumulation

  6. Global Forces and Institutions in the Era of Mass Education

  7. Back Matter
    Pages 335-338

About this book


This edited collection explores the historical determinants of the rise of mass schooling and human capital accumulation based on a global, long-run perspective, focusing on a variety of countries in Europe, the Middle East, Asia, Africa and the Americas. The authors analyze the increasing importance attached to globalization as a factor in how social, institutional and economic change shapes national and regional educational trends. Although recent research in economic history has increasingly devoted more attention to global forces in shaping the institutions and fortunes of different world regions, the link and contrast between national education policies and the forces of globalization remains largely under-researched within the field.

The globalization of the world economy, starting in the nineteenth century, brought about important changes that affected school policy itself, as well as the process of long-term human capital accumulation. Large migrations prompted brain drain and gain across countries, alongside rapid transformations in the sectoral composition of the economy and demand for skills. Ideas on education and schooling circulated more easily, bringing about relevant changes in public policy, while the changing political voice of winners and losers from globalization determined the path followed by public choice. Similarly, religion and the spread of missions came to play a crucial role for the rise of schooling globally.


Globalisation and education History of education Education economics Schooling in developing countries Mass schooling Human capital accumulation Universal public schooling School reforms Mass migration and education Schooling and human capital

Editors and affiliations

  • David Mitch
    • 1
  • Gabriele Cappelli
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of EconomicsUniversity of MarylandBaltimoreUSA
  2. 2.Department of Economics and StatisticsUniversity of SienaSienaItaly

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive licence to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2019
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Economics and Finance Economics and Finance (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-25416-2
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-25417-9
  • Series Print ISSN 2662-6497
  • Series Online ISSN 2662-6500
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