Technical Education in the Basque Country: An Historical Perspective, 1776-1900

This paper presents a historical analysis of technical education and the ; development of vocational training; the outcome of the industrialisation that took ; place in the Basque Country between 1776 and 1900 is taken as the basis for each ; of them. Three main areas are dealt with. The principal arguments of the analysis are as follows: the decisive function the Spanish State had in convergence and centralisation through education prior to 1850, and the emergence of the engineering culture that made the institutionalisation of technical education at the end of the 19th century possible.