Institute of Education


Educational research and comparative historical sociology

4:15 pm to 6:00 pm, 11 December 2018

French Revolution

The Centre for Learning and Life Chances in Knowledge Economies and Societies (LLAKES) is hosting a launch of the recently published 'Social Equality in Education – France and England 1789-1939'.

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Katharine Buckle


Drama Studio
UCL Institute of Education
20 Bedford Way
United Kingdom

Sociology has for long been associated with comparative history. The founders of the social sciences, such as, Marx, De Toqueville and Weber found comparative history generally useful in explaining social change and the major transitions from traditional to modern society. 

Comparative research in education has similarly been linked with historical sociology. It engages with theories and theorists of this discipline in its critiques and explanations of societal phenomena and their impact on education.

Professor Andy Green will introduce this topic followed by contributions from Dr Jan Germen Janmaat, and Dr Susanne Wiborg.

Dr Ann Margaret Doyle will present her recent book Social Equality in Education – France and England 1789-1939.  France and England have many similarities in terms of their geography, population size, polity, economy and universal welfare and education. One notable difference, however, lies in the importance France places on equality compared with England which has emphasised values of freedom and voluntarism. 

This book unpicks this difference and uses social equality as a framework to compare and contrast the educational systems in both countries between 1789-1939. Dr Doyle will speak about the main aspects of the publication, including its methods, explanatory factors and outcomes.

There will be a drinks reception after the presentations.


The book launch is free to attend however spaces are limited so it does require prior registration using the link above. Please register by Monday 10 December.