By the beginning of the twentieth century nearly all children in western and
central Europe attended school and a majority of youth were literate for the first
time. Illiteracy ... of the philosophes, arguing that their faith in progress and
education was mitigated by disdain for the ignorant masses. ... Survey of early
modern period, integrating secondary literatures for all European states. ...
Schleunes, Karl A. Schooling and Society: The Politics of Education in Prussia
and Bavaria, 1750–1900.
Author: Peter N. Stearns
Category: Civilization, Modern
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