Harvey J. Graff, "The Literacy Myth: Cultural Integration and Social Structure in the Nineteenth Century" (Transaction, 1991)
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Harvey Graff's pioneering study presents a new and original interpretation of the place of literacy in nineteenth-century society and culture. Based upon an intensive comparative historical analysis, employing both qualitative and quantitative techniques, and on a wide range of sources, The Literacy Myth: Cultural Integration and Social Structure in the Nineteenth Century (Transaction, 1991; new edition Routledge, 2017) reevaluates the role typically assigned to literacy in historical scholarship, cultural understanding, economic development schemes, and social doctrines and ideologies.
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