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Funding the Rise of Mass Schooling

The Social, Economic and Cultural History of School Finance in Sweden, 1840 – 1900

Authors: Westberg, Johannes

  • Addresses the rise of mass schooling as a fundamental issue in the historiography of education
  • Highlights the significance of the history of school finance as a hitherto understudied topic
  • Draws on an extensive case study of the economy of rural school districts and explores their revenues and expenditures, their management of economic affairs and overall moral economy
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About this book

This book presents expert analysis on how the remarkable rise of mass schooling was funded during the nineteenth century. Based on rich source materials from rural Swedish school districts, and drawing up evidence from schooling in countries including France, Germany, England and the U.S., Westberg examines the moral considerations that guided economic practices and sheds new light on how the advent of schooling did not only rest upon monies, but also on grains, firewood and cow fodder. Exploring school districts’ motives and economic culture, this book shows how schooling was neither primarily guided by frugal impulses nor motivated by a fear of the growing working classes. Instead, school spending served multiple purposes in school districts that pursued a fair and reasonable economic practice.

In addition to being a highly-detailed case study of Sweden 1840 – 1900 this book also entails a broadening of the theoretical horizon of history of education into social, agrarian and economic history in a wider context.  With a focus on different systems of school finance, this work reveals a key change over time: from a largely in-kind system supporting schools in an early phase, followed by an increasingly monetarized, depersonalized and homogenized system of school finance. Boasting an interdisciplinary appeal, this will be a welcome contribution of interest to scholars in the fields of education history, sociology, and economics.

About the authors

Johannes Westberg is Professor of Education at Örebro University, Sweden. Since defending his thesis in 2008, Westberg has published widely on the history of early years education and primary schooling. 

Reviews

“This is a remarkably interesting book about the social and cultural entanglements of school finance in 19th century Sweden. Westberg presents a compelling argument for the economic basis of the rise of primary schools, restoring the complexity of educational finance as a social and cultural dimension beyond reductionist approaches. His informed, inspirational and persuasive analysis documents the efforts related to the funding of mass schooling as it emerged; one wonders how we could make comprehensive arguments about the social dynamics of mass schooling in the 19th century before this book.” (Marcelo Caruso, Professor in History of Education, Humboldt University Berlin, Germany)

“This rich empirical study of everyday practices of school funding in the 19th century provides a fascinating window onto the meaning and importance of schools as community institutions in a transforming economy.  It also brings new perspective to understanding the expansion of mass schooling internationally.  Finally, Westberg’s study helps us appreciate the creativity and calculation of ordinary families.  It is insightful, smart, and humane.” (Nancy Beadie, Historian of Education, Professor at University of Washington and Senior Editor of History of Education Quarterly)

Table of contents (7 chapters)

  • A Mundane History of School Finance

    Westberg, Johannes

    Pages 1-29

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  • The Political Will to Levy Local Taxes

    Westberg, Johannes

    Pages 31-53

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  • Pursuing a Fair and Reasonable Economy

    Westberg, Johannes

    Pages 55-88

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  • The In-Kind Economy of Early School Districts

    Westberg, Johannes

    Pages 89-130

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  • An Expanding Monetary Economy

    Westberg, Johannes

    Pages 131-158

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eBook 66,99 €
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-40460-8
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  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
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Hardcover 83,19 €
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-40459-2
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
  • The final prices may differ from the prices shown due to specifics of VAT rules
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Funding the Rise of Mass Schooling
Book Subtitle
The Social, Economic and Cultural History of School Finance in Sweden, 1840 – 1900
Authors
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-40460-8
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-40460-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-40459-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVII, 242
Number of Illustrations and Tables
12 b/w illustrations, 1 illustrations in colour
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