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The Politics of Popular Education, 1850–1872

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198205159.003.0003
The Politics of Popular Education, 1850–1872

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Scottish politics and party allegiances were dominated to an unusual degree by religion. The Established Church was identified with Conservatism, while the United Presbyterians and the Free Church buttressed the dominant position of the Liberals. As years passed, laymen became increasingly impatient with the subordination of educational progress to the demands of an intransigent and quarrelsome clergy. The chapter describes the problem of national education, the Revised Code and the Argyll Commission, the making of the 1872 Act, and education and the state.

Keywords: Scottish politics; popular education; national education; Revised Code; Argyll Commission; 1872 Act; education; state

Chapter.  9444 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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