A History of Harrow School, 1324-1991

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Oxford University Press, 2000 - Education - 599 pages
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Harrow School rose from being one of scores of local grammar schools founded in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries to become the second most famous school in the English-speaking world. Still shorthand for social exclusivity, its development supplies insights into British educational,cultural, and political history, as well as providing evidence for the study of public schools in general, one of Britain's most idiosyncratic yet successful social inventions. Avoiding polemic or apologia, this new history of Harrow, the first for over half a century, and the first to be based on unfettered access to the school and governors' archives, investigates the school's governors, masters, pupils, finances, social position, and curriculum, within the context ofshifting political, cultural, and educational circumstances. It is a contribution to the social history of Britain as well as a critical study of a famous school. Unusually for school histories, this book, supported by a full academic apparatus of source references, frankly confronts the school'sfailings as well as its successes; its financial, educational, and sexual scandals as openly as its well-publicized eminence as the school of Byron, Churchill (and six other British prime ministers), and Nehru.
 

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Contents

List of Plates xii
2
Birth
36
The Origins of a National Institution
45
The Restoration School 16611691
60
Heirs and Graces 16911746
72
The Classical School 1746178 5
97
Eton Rules
113
Joseph Drury and Byrons Harrow
140
Charles John Vaughan 18451859
245
Reform
284
Montagu Butler Sentiment
303
The Origins of a Modern School
355
Politics Governors
405
Changing Identities 19141991
440
Teachers and Taught 19141991
488
Conclusion
565

Decadence and Change 18051844
167
Holding the Line 18051829
176

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Christopher Tyerman is at Hertford College, Oxford.

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