Yekaterina Tumanik: „N. N. Muraviev Family as a Model of Education of Nobility in Early 19th Century: From Ostashevo to the School of Military Guides“

Yekaterina Tumanik explains how Major General N. N. Muraviev shaped military engineering education in Russia. Muraviev’s views were shaped by the experiences of educating his own sons for military service but also considered progressive trends.

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Wladimir Berelowitch: „Educational Plans in Private Education in Russia in the Second Half of the 18th Century“

Wladimir Berelowitch looks at the educational plans and curriculae that started to emerge in the 1750s and 1760s in Russia and served as a guide for families, teachers and tutors. Furthermore, he analyses the differences and similarities of the plans and looks at the authors. How did the curriculum of a future member of the military looked when compared that to a civilian?

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Dmitry A. Redin: „How Ivan Vasilievich Was Brought Up (Short Story by V. А. Sollogub “Tarantas”) and Noble Education in the Russian Literature of the First Half of the 19th Century“

Dmitry Alexeevich Redin examines Russian literature that has always been significantly immersed in a topical context, to some extent rivaling or even, in certain periods, replacing journalism. He focuses on the short story by V. А. Sollogub “Tarantas” (“The carriage”) in which the author gives a satirical, but very detailed picture of an “anti-ideal” of noble education (on the example of one of the personas of the short story, Ivan Vasilievich).

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Maya Lavrinovich: „‚…You Will Find in Your Masters Your Protectors and in the Children Entrusted to You – Your Friends…‘: How a ‘New Breed’ of Governesses for Noble Children was Trained at the Beginning of the 19th Century“

In order to stop the spread of French in the intellectual life, Empress Maria Fyodorovna opened a “class of tutoresses” in Moscow’s Foster Home to train home teachers able to replace foreign tutors in the noble families. As a result young women, who not only did not have any idea about the noble way of life, but most of them have not ever lived in a family, had to convey the aristocratic culture ideals to the provincial nobility. Maya Lavrinovich examines the education of said tutoresses.

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Olga Solodyankina: „Educational Ideals and Practices in the Sheremetev Family (18th – Early 19th Century)“

Many outstanding figures of Russian history and culture as well as dignified representatives of the Russian nobility belonged to the Sheremetev Family. The family preferred home tutoring for their children. Olga Solodyankina examines sources that give insight into the requirements for tutors, the content of their teaching, their pay and the involvement of the parents.

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Galina Smagina: „‘As a Perfect Education’: Plan of Education for a Young Aristocratic Lady by Academician Jacob Staehlin in 1778“

Galina Smagina examines the ideals of women’s education promoted by Jacob Staehlin in his work „Plan of Education for a Young Aristocratic Lady“ (1778). Besides humanities Staehlin also stressed the importance of sciences and sets clear educational goals for both.

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Jean-Luc Le Cam: „The Ideal Education of Lutheran German-Speaking Nobility Viewed Through the Prism of Biographic Information in Funeral Sermons: The Example of Otto Magnus von Dönhoff (1665-1717)“

With the spread of funeral orations focusing on the biography of the deceased due to change of funeral processes in connection to the Lutheran Reformation we have an increase of accounts of the education of nobility. In his talk Jean-Luc Le Cam examines the case study of Count Otto Magnus of Dönhoff (1665-1717), a representative of the Prussian military nobility, who studied all over Europe.

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Albrecht Burkardt: „At the Origins of the Grand Tour. Travel in the Treatises of Education of the Nobility from the 16th to the Early 17th Century“

The Grad Tour is a well-known and key element of aristocratic education. However, its origins are still unclear. Albrecht Burkardt examines two different sources: The treatises concerning aristocratic education and those about the „reason of state“.

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Andrei Andreev: „The Formation of the Educational System of F.-C. Laharpe: European Ideals and Russian Practice“

Andrei Andreev examines the educational ideals F.-C. Laharpe brought to the court of Catherine II. He invited more Swiss tutors and tutoresses to Russia and formulated educational standards not only for the grand dukes he taught but also the social elite in general.

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Olga Kosheleva: „Teaching the Art of Speaking Properly Among Young Russian Noblemen“

In her talk Olga Kosheleva examines the strategies of politeness in Russian speech. Whereas in Russia it was considered polite to be straightforward and telling the truth to one’s face, foreigners considered this to be rude. She examines guidebooks that were supposed to help adolescents manage these crosscultural differences.

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Andrea Bruschi: „Studying Vernaculars, Studying in Vernaculars: Modern Languages in the Education of the Élites (France, 17th and 18th Centuries)“

Andrea Bruschi reviews the spread of modern vernaculars of French in the education of the French nobility. Although an increasing number of texts were translated from ancient languages, mostly Latin, into modern languages which made it easier to study these disciplines, members of the elite were still expected to have mastered more than one vernacular so they were able to travel.

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Lyudmila Posokhova: „Ennoblement of Cossack Starshina in the Hetmanate and Sloboda Ukraine and Evolution of Education Strategies in its Environment in the 18th Century.“

Lyudmila Posokhova tries to reconstruct education strategies and programs for children of regiment and Sotnia Starshinas (higher ranks) in the Hetmanate and Sloboda Ukraine in the 18th century with the help of ego-documents of Starshina family members.

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Andrey Prokopiev: „Between Confessional and Social Standards: Education of the German Nobility in 16th – 17th Centuries“

In his presentation Andrey Prokopiev talks about the dualism of commitment to the church and openness to non-denominational social and intellectual values within the educational system in Germany starting in the 16th century. The emphasis of the education was often on religious studies so the potential heir to the throne was a firm Protestant despite the physicophilosophical progress of the Renaissance.

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Annie Bruter: „Robe and Sword Nobles in 17th Century France: Two Conflicting Educational Ideals?“

The French nobility of the 17th century can be divided into Sword Nobles and Robe Nobles. Whereas the former were (supposedly) heirs of the heirs of the Cevalerie the latter had bought their titles from the king. In her presentation Annie Bruter points out the similarities and differences in the education of both types of nobilities.

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