From the Enlightenment to the Victorian State

R. D. Anderson

in Education and the Scottish People 1750–1918

Published in print August 1995 | ISBN: 9780198205159
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191676529 | DOI:
From the Enlightenment to the Victorian State

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The main argument of this chapter is that the Scottish elite derived from the parish school a concept of ‘national’ education which conditioned their response both to economic development in the eighteenth century and to the problems of an urban and industrial society in the nineteenth, eventually influencing the form taken by the modern state system. There was never a single Scottish view, for educational questions aroused many partisan interests. But certain common presuppositions can be identified. Elements of these ideas can be traced in the Scottish Enlightenment, by the 1830s the various principles of national education had been brought together. This chapter describes the Enlightenment, the old Statistical Account and the 1803 Act, social reform in the early nineteenth century, the ideal of national education, and the origins of state intervention.

Keywords: parish school; Scottish Enlightenment; Statistical Account; 1803 Act; national education; state intervention

Chapter.  10971 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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