Claude Fleury (1640–1723) as an Educational Historiographer and Thinker

  • Authors
  • Raymond E. Wanner

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XIII
  2. Raymond E. Wanner
    Pages 1-26
  3. Raymond E. Wanner
    Pages 27-46
  4. Raymond E. Wanner
    Pages 76-103
  5. Raymond E. Wanner
    Pages 104-164
  6. Raymond E. Wanner
    Pages 165-217
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 257-282

About this book


This study has grown out of an interest in French education and cul­ ture that dates from fondly remembered student days in France. Specifically, it is an attempt to explain the educational thought of Claude Fleury, a literate, responsible homme de leUres who analyzed the historical origins of public education as it existed in seventeenth-cen­ tury France and, on that basis, proposed what he considered to be a more generally useful program of studies. Generous space has been devoted to historical, social, and pedagogical background in an effort to place Fleury's thought in its proper cultural context; namely, that of the decline of the Classical Age and the dawn of the Age of Reason. This background material represents also an attempt to explain, at times in detail, the origin of Fleury's Traite du Choix et de la Methode des Etudes and his rise to scholarly and pedagogical prominence at court. It is possible that Fleury's thought, while of most immediate interest to students of seventeenth-century cultural history, will be of interest also to a more general audience. In particular, those charged with providing education that must respond to the ever increasing practical needs of society and at the same time give to contemporary man a of his cultural heritage may find in Fleury's thought some useful sense historical perspective. It is a pleasure to acknowledge that this study would not have been possible without the encouragement and guidance of Dr. William W.


Claude Fleury Curriculum Theory educational Thought european cultural environment evolution of education

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1975
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-94-010-1632-2
  • Online ISBN 978-94-010-1630-8
  • Series Print ISSN 0066-6610
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