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The Bürgerschule developed in Germany during the 18th century as a municipal middle school to fill the frequently deplored gap between the ordinary Elementary school (Elementarschule) and the Latin school (Lateinschule). This new kind of school emerged through a division within the elementary school system;  its goal was to provide a general “realistic” Bildung for the children of the urban middle class (Bourgeoisie), with instruction in such subjects as modern languages, arithmetic and mathematics, natural history and physical science, history, ge…

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Bruning, Jens, “Bürgerschule”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 27 September 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_SIM_017931>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20160907

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