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The Politics of Education : Teachers and School Reform in Weimar Germany - Marjorie Lamberti

The Politics of Education

Teachers and School Reform in Weimar Germany

Paperback Published: 26th October 2004
ISBN: 9781571812995
Number Of Pages: 288

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Although the early history of progressive education is often associated with John Dewey in America, the author argues convincingly that the pedagogues in the elementary schools in the big cities of Imperial Germany were in the avant garde of this movement on the European Continent. Far more than a history of ideas, this study provides the first comprehensive analysis of the culture wars over the schools in Germany in the 1920s. Going up to the Nazi seizure of power, the author's narrative sheds new light on the courageous defense of the republican state by the progressive educators in the 1930s and the relationship between the traditionalists' opposition to school reform and the attraction of certain sections of the teaching profession to the Nazi movement.

"This monograph has first-class credentials ... it is an excellent book for the specialist in search of a wealth of source material ... which is virtually inaccessible outside specialist libraries." - German History

"This ... forcefully argued book ... furthers our understanding of the history of educational politics in the Weimar Repulic in a number of important ways." - American Historical Review

"The strengths of this [fine] carefully researched and written book are many ... [It] should prompt international comparisons of progressive education and contribute to thinking about the contested role of public education in democratic, diverse societies." - History of Education Quarterly

..". an important and highly accessible contribution to the history of education in Germany and to the study of political culture, as well as grass-roots politics, in Weimar Germany. It is the only monograph on the topic in English and a must for research libraries." - History: Reviews of New Books

Acknowledgmentsp. viii
Introductionp. I
The Avant-Garde of the School Reform Movement in Imperial Germanyp. 11
The November Revolution and the Opening of a New Era for School Reformsp. 44
Pedagogues and Pastors in the Political Conflicts over the Schoolp. 69
Educational Reformers and the Modern School in the Republican Statep. 105
The Culture Wars over the Schools in the Weimar Erap. 151
Schoolteachers and the Nazi Movement during the Crisis of the Republicp. 196
Conclusionp. 245
Bibliographyp. 253
Indexp. 267
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ISBN: 9781571812995
ISBN-10: 1571812997
Series: Monographs in German History
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 26th October 2004
Publisher: Berghahn Books, Incorporated
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.52
Weight (kg): 0.39
Edition Type: New edition