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Connecting Histories of Education: Transnational and Cross-Cultural Exchanges in (Post)Colonial Education

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Connecting Histories of Education

Transnational and Cross-Cultural Exchanges in (Post)Colonial Education

Edited by Barnita Bagchi, Eckhardt Fuchs and Kate Rousmaniere

262 pages, 1 illus., bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-78238-266-9 $135.00/£99.00 Hb Published (March 2014)

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“…the book is an elegant, well-researched and articulate collection of essays that attempt to take seriously the need to incorporate the transnational as one more dimension of the history of education. This makes it a unique and pioneering work.” · Paedagogica Historica

“…builds an essential bridge for future scholarship in educational history.” · Comparative Education Review

“…a truly international volume in terms both of its authorship and its contents… With its interdisciplinary intent and desire to evolve fresh understandings of the way ideas are transferred, this book offers much to the scholar and belies many of the more contemporary simplistic understandings of assimilation and cultural integration." · Cambridge Journal of Education

“Rarely does a book come along that simultaneously fills lacunae in multiple areas of education research; ambitious in scope Connecting Histories of Education does precisely that… [It] provides nuance to what for too long has been regarded as a one-way relationship, where the colonizers spread their tentacles of influence through the colonized world. While this is likely not the first time this argument has been made, what is novel here is its application to histories of education, and the use of a transnational lens to reflect and refract aspects of this relationship, revealing a multifaceted web of mutual influence. If anything, the work feels like a first step, an overdue contribution to the subfields of education research.” · Historical Studies in Education

“…makes a major contribution to the fields of educational, colonial and transnational histories… The introductory and concluding essays draw the book together well. This collection greatly extends our knowledge and approaches and provides a platform for further work. As such it fills a significant gap in a number of fields.” · Joyce Goodman, University of Winchester


The history of education in the modern world is a history of transnational and cross-cultural influence. This collection explores those influences in (post) colonial and indigenous education across different geographical contexts. The authors emphasize how local actors constructed their own adaptation of colonialism, identity, and autonomy, creating a multi-centric and entangled history of modern education. In both formal as well as informal aspects, they demonstrate that transnational and cross-cultural exchanges in education have been characterized by appropriation, re-contextualization, and hybridization, thereby rejecting traditional notions of colonial education as an export of pre-existing metropolitan educational systems. 

Barnita Bagchi teaches and researches Comparative Literature at Utrecht University, Netherlands. Her numerous publications include many articles and an edited volume, The Politics of the (Im)possible: Utopia and Dystopia Reconsidered (2012) and a co-edited volume with A.K. Bagchi and D. Sinha, Webs of History: Information, Communication, and Technology from Early to Postcolonial India (2005).

Eckhardt Fuchs is Professor of History of Education/Comparative Education at the Technical University of Braunschweig and Deputy Director of the Georg Eckert Institute for International Textbook Research in Braunschweig (Germany). He is currently President of the International Standing Conference for the History of Education. He has published widely on transnational and global history of education, textbook and curriculum studies, and history of human sciences including Transnationalizing the History of Education (2012) and Contextualizing School Textbook Revision (2010).

Kate Rousmaniere is Professor of Social Foundations of Education in the Department of Educational Leadership at Miami University, Ohio, and past president of the International Standing Conference for the History of Education. She has researched and published on the history of American teachers and school principals, gender in education, and methodologies in the social history of education.

Subject: Colonial History Educational Studies Cultural Studies (General)


Introduction: Connecting Histories of Education: Transnational and Cross-Cultural Exchanges in (Post‑)Colonial Education
Barnita Bagchi, Eckhardt Fuchs and Kate Rousmaniere

Part 1: Historiographical Reflections

Chapter 1. History of Education beyond the Nation? Trends in Historical and Educational Scholarship
Eckhardt Fuchs

Chapter 2. Contested Pasts: The Concept of Civilization in the Colonial and Nationalist Discourse of Education
Sabyasachi Bhattacharya

Chapter 3. Writing Histories of Congolese Colonial Education: An Historiographical View from Belgium
Marc Depaepe

Chapter 4. Range and Limits of the Countryside Schooling Historiography in Latin America (Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries): Some Reflections
Alicia Civera

Part 2: Travelling Concepts

Chapter 5. A Trans-Cultural Transaction: William Carey’s Baptist Mission, the Monitorial Method and the Bengali Renaissance
Mary Hilton

Chapter 6. A Colonial Experiment in Education: Madras, 1789–1796
Jana Tschurenev

Part 3: Indigenous Education and Resistance

Chapter 7. A New Education for ‘Young India’: Exploring Nai Talim from the Perspective of a Connected History
Simone Holzwarth

Chapter 8. Colonial Education and Saami Resistance in Early Modern Sweden
Daniel Lindmark

Chapter 9. Constructive Orientalism: Debates on Languages and Educational Policies in Colonial India, 1830–1880
Hakim Ikhlef

Part 4: Women’s Education

Chapter 10. Raden Ajeng Kartini and Cultural Nationalism in Java
Joost Coté

Chapter 11. Women’s Education through Women’s Eyes: Literary Articulations in Colonial Western India
Meera Kosambi

Chapter 12. Connecting Literature and History of Education: Analysing the Educative Fiction of Jean Webster and Lila Majumdar Transculturally and Connotatively
Barnita Bagchi

Chapter 13. Loreto Teaching in India, 1842–2010: Transcending the Centre-Periphery Paradigm
Tim Allender

Notes on Contributors

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