Teaching and Learning in Nineteenth-Century Cambridge

Teaching and Learning in Nineteenth-Century Cambridge

Edited by Jonathan Smith, Christopher Stray


Boydell Press



College-university relationships, the role of examinations, the politics of curriculum: papers amplify the picture of developments in Cambridge during the century.
It was in the 19th and early 20th centuries that Cambridge, characterised in the previous century as a place of indolence and complacency, underwent the changes which produced the institutional structures which persist today. Foremost among them was the rise of mathematics as the dominant subject within the university, with the introduction of the Classical Tripos in 1824, and Moral and Natural Sciences Triposes in 1851. Responding to this, Trinity was notable in preparing its students for honours examinations, which came to seem rather like athletics competitions, by working them hard at college examinations. The admission of women and dissenters in the 1860s and 1870s was a major change ushered in by the Royal Commission of 1850, which finally brought the colleges out of the middle ages and strengthened the position of the university, at the same time laying the foundations of the new system of lectures and supervisions. Contributors: JUNE BARROW-GREEN, MARY BEARD, JOHN R. GIBBINS, PAULA GOULD, ELISABETH LEEDHAM-GREEN, DAVID McKITTERICK, JONATHAN SMITH, GILLIAN SUTHERLAND, CHRISTOPHER STRAY, ANDREW WARWICK, JOHN WILKES.


December 2001
2 black and white illustrations
235 pages
23.4x15.6 cm
History of the University of Cambridge
ISBN: 9780851157832
Format: Hardback
Boydell Press
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Table of Contents

The Analytical Revolution from Below: Private Teaching and Mathematical Reform in Georgian Cambridge - Andrew Warwick
A parochial anomaly? The Classical Tripos 1822-1900 - Christopher Stray
'A mist of prejudice': the reluctant acceptance of Modern History at Cambridge, 1845-1873 - John Wilkes
Constructing knowledge in mid-Victorian Cambridge: the Moral Sciences Tripos 1850-70 - John R Gibbins
Learning to pick the easy plums: the Invention of Ancient History in nineteenth-century Classics - Mary Beard
The Revolution in College Teaching: St John's College, 1850-1926 - Malcolm Underwood
Trinity College Annual Examinations in the Nineteenth Century - Jonathan Smith
'Girton for ladies, Newnham for governesses' - Gillian R Sutherland
Models of learning? The 'logical, philosophical and scientific woman' in late nineteenth-century Cambridge - Paula Gould
Where did undergraduates get their books? - David McKitterick
'The advantage of proceeding from an author of some scientific reputation': Isaac Todhunter and his mathematics textbooks - June Barrow-Green
Afterword - Elisabeth Leedham-Green


A worthy addition to the bookshelves of those interested in the history of Cambridge or in the cultural and intellectual currents of nineteenth-century England. ALBION

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