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The Policy and the Reality of Public Schooling in 19th Century Imperial Austria

Cvrcek, T; (2021) The Policy and the Reality of Public Schooling in 19th Century Imperial Austria. Rivista di Storia Economica , XXXVII pp. 33-61. 10.1410/100648. Green open access

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Abstract

Modern schooling systems arose not only in response to the grassroots demand for marketable human capital but also as tools of political control and cultural influence. Such was arguably the case of the multiethnic Habsburg monarchy in the 19th century. I discuss the extent of the provision of schooling, considering a range of metrics including teachers, classrooms and the number of grades offered. Using the issue of the language of instruction as an example, I show that in spite of having the force of the law, the success of the public education policy depended on the active adoption of the policy by the citizenry and that this was often hampered by the cultural politics of the same policy-makers who designed the schooling system.

Type: Article
Title: The Policy and the Reality of Public Schooling in 19th Century Imperial Austria
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1410/100648
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1410/100648
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the version of record. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: economic development, political economy of education, Habsburg monarchy
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > SSEES
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10129598
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