Thursday, June 14, 2012

Literature on Education Abroad from the 1800's

Many IHEC Blog readers are aware of my interest in the history of international education in the United States.  My historical interests date back to colonial times but the late 1800's, early 1900's, the inter-war period (1918-1939), post-World War II through the 1960's and then the 1970's-1980's.  While fluid, these are the various time periods I tend to focus my research on.

Some time ago I posted a link to a short piece of literature in Google Books from 1896 that was making an argument for American students to study in France versus Germany (link below) to Twitter and IHEC Blog's Facebook page and several people enjoyed the posts so I am sharing links below to two historical piece of literature focusing on education abroad:

Should American Youth Be Educated Abroad? In “Education Abroad, And Other Papers” by Birdsey Grant Northrop, LL.D., Secretary of Connecticut Board of Education. New York and Chicago: A.S. Barnes & Co. (1873) at [scroll down a little] or

An argument for American students to study in France vs. Germany via the “Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science”, Volume 7 (1896) at


  1. Very interesting! Thanks for link.
    You might be interested to learn about the life of William Lebaron Jenney
    He studied architecture/civil engineering at Ecole Centrale Paris (the alma mater of Eiffel) in the mid-1880s and brought back from his period the wherewithal to build America's first skyscrapers!

  2. @James ~ Many thanks for your note. I did not know about William Lebaron Jenney. Very interesting!

  3. I must agree with James. The man was a prime example of education abroad applied in such a successful way, an inspiration, a pioneer for the field today.