0.00 INTRODUCTION: The Problem of School Books

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This Introduction describes the sources and methodological issues involved in studying the textbook history of the Renaissance. It also outlines some themes of the remainder of the book: moral instruction as part of elementary education, student-teacher relations, successful marketing strategies, and the growth of textbooks for vernacular language instruction.

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