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From the Publisher"In this succinct and intelligent survey, David Vincent movesbeyond his British base to present a comparative analysis of thegrowth of mass literacy in Europe between the nineteenth and earlytwentieth centuries."
English Historical Review
"This short book is one of the most ambitious summative texts onthe history of literacy in the nineteenth century. Making a clearsynthesis of recent texts in the history of literacy and reading inthe nineteenth century it takes its examples and comparativeapproaches from countries as varied as Spain, Scotland, Hungary orRussia."
European Review of History
"David Vincent's book is an admirably careful, lucid andperceptive synthesis, the first to integrate recent approacheswhich stress the interactions between the written and the oral andbetween groups and individuals."
Peter Burke, Emmanuel College, Cambridge