The Education of European and Chinese Girls at Home in the Nineteenth Century

  • Fang Qin
  • Emily Bruce


This chapter compares German and Chinese girls’ informal education in the nineteenth century. Although the role of formal schooling differed between these two contexts, we argue that more commonalities between the German and Chinese cases emerge by examining the crucial domain of home-based education. These commonalities include tension between cultivating talent and cultivating virtue, the use of exemplary lives as models for girls, and the importance of family relationships in girls’ learning. Thus in both cases the home was the critical site for reproducing the class-bound ideology of domesticity, as home-based education constituted the means by which knowledge, morality, and practical skills were produced and transmitted from generation to generation.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Fang Qin
    • 1
  • Emily Bruce
    • 2
  1. 1.College of History, Capital Normal UniveristyBeijingP.R. China
  2. 2.Division of Social ScienceUniversity of Minnesota–MorrisMorrisUSA

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