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Century of the Child, The: Ellen Key

Ellen Key (1849–1926) figures among the few internationally known Swedish educators; but her texts, penned in a spirited and often provocative style, also deal with political issues such as feminism, marriage, religion, and politics. She is best known for her book on education, Barnets århundrade, which was translated into English as The Century of the Child.

She was educated in the family mansion itself, being submitted to a rigid educational atmosphere. Her mother, an aristocrat, taught her mathematics and grammar, while her nursemaids taught her foreign languages. When her father, the founder of the Swedish Agrarian Party, was elected to Parliament, the family moved to Stockholm. Here, Ellen Key finished her education in a private school, but she acquired a great deal of knowledge as an ...

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