Originally published in 1973,this book describes the medieval origins of the British education system, and the transformations successive historical events – such as the Reformation, the Civil War and the Industrial Revolution – have wrought on it. It examines the effect on the educational pattern of such major cultural upheavals as the Renaissance; it looks at the different parts played by church and state, and the influence of new social and educational philosophies.

chapter 8|47 pages

The state and voluntary effort 1830–1869

chapter 9|50 pages

Education and social policy 1869–1900

chapter 10|51 pages

Towards a unified system 1900–1938

chapter 11|56 pages

Education and social ideals 1939–1972[1]