New Book: ‘The Translatlantic Kindergarten’ by Ann Taylor Allen

Oxford University Press has published a new book by renowned historian (and IFS plenary speaker) Professor Emerita Ann Taylor Allen entitled The Transatlantic Kindergarten: Education and Women’s Movements in Germany and the United States (2017)

As the Press’s website explains, “In this elegant book, Ann Taylor Allen presents the first transnational history of the kindergarten as it developed in Germany and the United States between 1840 and World War I. Based on a large body of previously untapped sources in bothcountries, The Transatlantic Kindergarten shows how a common body of ideas and practices adapted over time to two very different political and social environments. Since the end of the First World War, early childhood education in the United States and Germany has followed the patterns laid down in the nineteenth century. However, as Allen’s nuanced analysis suggests, the provision of public preschool education is still an unfinished and much discussed project on both sides of the Atlantic.” For more about the book, see