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Strictures on the Modern System of Female Education

Strictures on the Modern System of Female Education
With a View of the Principles and Conduct Prevalent among Women of Rank and Fortune
2 Volume Set


Part of Cambridge Library Collection - Education

  • Date Published: October 2010
  • availability: Available
  • format: Multiple copy pack
  • isbn: 9781108018920

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  • A unique and influential public figure in her time, Hannah More (1745–1833) was a prolific writer. This study, published in 1799, is her definitive work on women's education and was enormously successful, going through thirteen editions by 1826 and selling over 19,000 copies. The work outlines More's belief that women's education and conduct determined the moral state of a nation, reflecting her acceptance of eighteenth-century views on the status and education of women. Large sections of the book are devoted to the importance of religion, and this provides the context for More's discussions of conversation, fashionable life and public amusements, and 'the moral benefits of accuracy in language'. More's conservative stance on women's rights make a fascinating contrast to more liberal works of the age, including Wollstonecraft's Vindication of the Rights of Women. For more information on this author, see

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    • Date Published: October 2010
    • format: Multiple copy pack
    • isbn: 9781108018920
    • dimensions: 320 x 250 x 70 mm
    • weight: 1.2kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Volume 1: Introduction
    1. Address to women of rank and fortune, on the effects of their influence on society
    2. On the education of women
    3. External improvements
    4. Comparison of the mode of female education in the last ages with the present
    5. On the religious employment of time
    6. Filial obedience not the character of the age
    7. On female study, and initiation into knowledge
    8. On the religious and moral use of history and geography
    9. On the use of definitions, and the moral benefits of accuracy in language
    10. On religion
    11. On the manner of instructing young persons in religion
    12. Hints suggested for furnishing young persons with a scheme of prayer. Volume 2:
    13. The practical use of female knowledge, with a sketch of the female character, and a comparative view of the sexes
    14. Conversation
    15. On the danger of an ill-directed sensibility
    16. On dissipation, and the modern habits of fashionable life
    17. On public amusements
    18. A worldly spirit incompatible with the spirit of Christianity
    19. On the leading doctrine of Christianity
    20. On the duty and efficacy of prayer.

  • Author

    Hannah More

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