Work of the Fellows: Monographs

La Anthony J. Vopa, Grace, Talent, and Merit: Poor Students, Clerical Careers, and Professional Ideology in Eighteenth-Century Germany

La Vopa, Anthony J. (Fellow, 1983-84; Fellow, 1998-99)

Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 1988

From the publisher's description:

This book focuses on "poor students", young men in eighteenth-century Germany who owed their studies to charity, who formed a substantial minority within the theology faculties, and who entered careers in the clergy, the academic schools, and the universities. Professor La Vopa shows how a cluster of familiar eighteenth-century ideas about grace, talent, and merit shaped a formative social experience central to the lives of many celebrated intellectuals as well as many of the elite.


Subjects: History; Education Studies;; Students; Social Mobility; Eighteenth-Century;