1st Edition

Education in World History

By Mark S. Johnson, Peter N. Stearns Copyright 2023
    258 Pages
    by Routledge

    258 Pages
    by Routledge

    Education in World History shows how broad currents in transnational history have interacted with trends in educational organization and teaching practices over time.

    From antiquity and early classical societies to present day, this book highlights the ways in which changes in religious and intellectual life and economic patterns in key world regions have generated developments in education. Since the postclassical period, cross-cultural connections have also influenced educational change. In more recent times, transnational dialogues and mobility have played a vital role in shaping educational patterns. Ranging through South and East Asia, Africa, Europe and the Americas, the book also considers how the impact of modern forces, such as industrialization and nationalism, have transformed education in fundamental ways. Throughout the volume, Mark S. Johnson and Peter N. Stearns emphasize the tensions between elite and state educational interests and more diverse popular demands for access and, often, for more innovative pedagogy.

    Suitable for introductory world history and history of education courses, this lively overview reconsiders the history of education from the perspective of world and comparative history.

    Introduction: Linking World History and the History of Education, PART I: Education in Early Human Societies, 1. Education in Antiquity and Early Classical Societies: The Role of Religion, 2. Rome and the Early Christian World: Building the Classical Legacy, 3. Education in South and East Asia: Two Other Classical Traditions, PART II: The Postclassical Centuries, 4. Fragmentation and Reconsolidation around the "Religions of the Book", 5. Christian Education in Western Europe, 6. Education in Postclassical Societies: Regional Patterns in Asia, Africa and the Americas, PART III: The Early Modern Period, 7. New Educational Impulses in Western Europe in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries, 8. Changes in Eighteenth-Century European Education: New Roles for Science and the State, 9. Education in Early Modern Eurasia and Africa: Tradition and Expansion, PART IV: The Long Nineteenth Century and an Emerging Modern Framework for Education, 10. The Revolutionary Tide, 11. Educational Changes in Western Societies, 12. Global Educational Trends in the Long Nineteenth Century, PART V: The Contemporary Period, 13. Twentieth-Century Changes in Europe and the United States, 14. Decolonization and the Transformation of National Education Systems, 15. Recent Patterns and Tensions, Conclusion


    Mark S. Johnson is Lecturer at the School of Education, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA. He has worked in the fields of the history of education and contemporary educational studies.

    Peter N. Stearns is University Professor of History at George Mason University, USA. He has written widely on world history and the history of childhood; his Childhood in World History is now in its 4th edition. His earlier work addressed educational change in the West and Japan.