Museggstrasse 21 in Lucerne
Museggstrasse 21 in Lucerne (Photo: Wolfgang Schatz)
ABC or name booklet
ABC or name booklet (Source: Special Collection ZHB Lucerne)

Popular education as an ideal of the Helvetic Republic

The Helvetic Republic (1798-1803) replaced the older Swiss confederation at the end of the 18th century. The new state placed great emphasis on the education system, and schools were brought under the control of the government following the model of the French Revolution. Universal education was introduced and cantonal boards of education were established.

However, the predominantly rural population resisted these revolutionary reforms in education, and people were even more suspicious of higher education.

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