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The "intellectual backbone to British Socialism"

Rempel, Richard A. (2002) The "intellectual backbone to British Socialism". Russell : the journal of Bertrand Russell studies, 22 (2). ISSN 0036-0163

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"In his significant and long-awaited first volume of the biography of the Webbs, Royden Harrison concludes that their marital association was “the most fruitful partnership in the history of the British intellect” (p. 348). This assessment is certainly persuasive by the standards of achievement Harrison has demonstrated as their legacies. His book is written with concise analysis, revelatory insights into their personalities, a finely tuned sense of irony and humour, as well as a lapidary prose style. It places in the shade all other scholarship on the Webbs up to 1905, the cutoff year for this first volume. Unfortunately, Professor Harrison died in 2002 before he could complete the second volume. Hence, the Passfield Trustees, who commissioned this biography, have had to find another historian to complete the work." - introductory paragraph to this review of 'The life and times of Sidney and Beatrice Webb : 1858-1905, the formative years' by Royden Harrison.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: The phrase in the title is from Russell’s portrait of the Webbs ('Portraits from memory', p. 102) and this book review in former title 'Russell : the journal of the Bertrand Russell Archives' by Royden Harrison makes several mentions of Bertrand Russell's relationship with the Webbs. The full text of the review is available at the second link.
Subjects: C Auxiliary Sciences of History > CT Biography
H Social Sciences > HX Socialism. Communism. Anarchism
Date Deposited: 13 Nov 2015 14:48
Last Modified: 13 Nov 2015 14:59

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