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  1. Secondary Matters: Textbooks and the Making of Physics in Nineteenth-Century France and England.Josep Simon - 2012 - History of Science 50 (3):339-374.
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  • Science, Industry, and the Social Order in Mulhouse, 1798–1871.Robert Fox - 1984 - British Journal for the History of Science 17 (2):127-168.
    There is a story, which historians of modern France often tell, of the ministerial official in Paris who had only to glance at his clock in order to know the exact passage of Vergil being construed and the law of physics being expounded in every school throughout the country. Invariably, the story is told for a purpose. It is used to demonstrate the high degree of centralization and the attendant rigidity of the French educational system, usually with special reference to (...)
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