Daum's boys: Schools and the Republic of Letters in early by Alan S. Ross


By Alan S. Ross

This hugely unique e-book is the 1st in-depth learn of a footsoldier of the seventeenth-century German Republic of Letters. Its topic, the German polymath and schoolteacher Christian Daum, is at the present time virtually thoroughly forgotten, but he left in the back of one of many biggest deepest data of any early glossy eu pupil. at the foundation of this certain resource, the publication portrays faculties as focal issues of an entire international of Lutheran studying outdoor of universities and courts, as locations not only of schooling yet of excessive scholarship, and examines their importance for German culture.

Protestant Germany used to be diversified from Catholic France and Protestant England in that its community of small towns fostered academic and cultural pageant and made attainable a miles better and socially open Republic. This booklet permits us for the 1st time to appreciate how the Republic of Letters was once made from less than and the way it used to be attainable for people from fairly humble backgrounds and occupations to be on the centre of ecu highbrow life.

This booklet is geared toward different experts in addition to postgraduate scholars within the fields of heritage, schooling and gender stories, and will additionally function an creation to contemporary eu literature on early smooth scholarship for undergraduate scholars.

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Herrmann, Das pädagogische Jahrhundert:╇Volksaufklärung und Erziehung zur Armut im 18. Jahrhundert in Deutschland (Landsberg, 1981). 11 For an introduction to the comparative study of European literacy and vernacular education, see R. A. Houston, Literacy in Early Modern Europe: Culture and Education 1500–1800 (Harlow, 1988); L. Stone, ‘Literacy and education in England 1640–1900’, Past & Present 42 (1969), 69–139. For the continuing allure of classical learning in the early modern period, see A.

Most noteworthy is the work of historians attached to the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, who have provided the most comprehensive ‘map’ of a European country’s educational landscape and have produced several superb quantitative studies on the basis of school matriculation records. Within the historiography of German schooling a decidedly top-down paradigm has stood in the way of schools being studied in their own right, the institutional case studies conducted by Anton Schindling and his students being the exception.

O. Burger and K. v. See (Berlin, 1967), pp. 215–35. 24 Daum’s€boys 71 L. W. B. Brockliss, Calvet’s Web: Enlightenment and the Republic of Letters in Eighteenth-Century France (Oxford, 2002); Miller, Peiresc’s Europe. For an introduction to the social and cultural history of the Republic of Letters see R. Darnton, The Business of Enlightenment: A Publishing History of the Encyclopédie (Cambridge, MA, 1979); Goldgar, Impolite Learning, esp. €1–11; D. Roche, Les Républicains des lettres: Gens de culture et de Lumières aux XVIIIe siècle (Paris, 1988).

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