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Schoolbooks and textbook publishing.

Pedersen, Sarah



Andrew Nash

Claire Squires

Ian Willison


In this chapter the author looks at the history of schoolbooks and textbook publishing. The nineteenth century saw a rise in the school book market in Britain due to the rise of formal schooling and public examinations. Although the 1870 Education and 1872 (Scotland) Education Acts made elementary education compulsory for childern between 5-13 years old, it was not until the end of the First World War that some sort form of secondary education became compulsory for all children.


PEDERSEN, S. 2019. Schoolbooks and textbook publishing. In Nash, A., Squires, C. and Willison, I. (eds.) The twentieth century and beyond. The Cambridge history of the book in Britain, 7. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pages 341-364. Available from:

Acceptance Date Feb 19, 2018
Online Publication Date Jun 30, 2019
Publication Date Jun 30, 2019
Publicly Available Date Jun 30, 2019
Publisher Cambridge University Press (CUP)
Pages 341-364
Series Title The Cambridge history of the book in Britain
Series Number 7
Book Title The twentieth century and beyond
Chapter Number Chapter 10
ISBN 9781107010604
Keywords School textbooks; British educational publishers; Publishing
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