Grace, Talent, and Merit by Anthony J. La Vopa
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Grace, Talent, and Merit
By Anthony J. La Vopa

Grace, Talent, and Merit

Poor Students, Clerical Careers, and Professional Ideology in Eighteenth-Century Germany

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Grace, Talent, and Merit by Anthony J. La Vopa

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Poor students experienced a kind of upward mobility that was not uncommon in old-regime Europe. They were also objects of controversy. and as such they reveal the many dimensions of the issue of opening careers to talent. At stake were socially and politically sensitive questions about the relative importance of nature and nurture, of natural talent and 'birth', in realizing human potential; about the proper reconciliation of collective imperatives and individual freedom, of hierarchical stability and progress; about how national systems of education should be structured; about the kind and degree of upward mobility the society and the culture needed and could tolerate. This 1988 book shows how a cluster of familiar eighteenth-century ideas about grace, talent, and merit shaped a formative social experience for men whose importance is still celebrated today, as well as for members of the educated elite who were and have remained obscure.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780521525145
ISBN-10: 0521525144
Format: Paperback
(228mm x 152mm x 24mm)
Pages: 424
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 27-Jun-2002
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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