chapter  5
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Education of poor children as an answer to a social and economic crisis: Dutch local government policies in the eighteenth century

ByT.W.M. van Gijlswijk

From the eighteenth century on, governments in different European countries took measures to provide schooling for the poor.1 These governments had to cope with the growing amount of abandoned and poor children, a consequence of declining economies and the failures of charity.2 England was an exception: education of the poor remained the privilege of charity, and the state was not involved.3