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El socialismo fabiano ante la planificacion centralizada : el viaje de Beatrice Webb a la Rusia estalinista

Ramos Gorostiza, José Luis (2010) El socialismo fabiano ante la planificacion centralizada : el viaje de Beatrice Webb a la Rusia estalinista. Revista de Economía (852). pp. 39-58. ISSN 0019-977X

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Abstract

Beatrice Webb's diary and correspondence are used in this study to analyze the shocking "conversion" of this prominent Fabian socialist to Soviet communism: in other words, her evolution from her open rejection of the Bolsheviks and the Russian revolution to nearly unconditional support for the Soviet Union as the new form of socio-economic organization. In this regard, particular attention is devoted to the Webbs' journey across Stalinist Russia in 1932. Beatrice Webb's notes on her impressions are compared to the opinions of friends with Fabianist leanings, such as B. Russell, H. G. Wells, and J. M. Keynes, on the occasion of their (earlier) visits to the USSR. The article also analyzes the view of the Soviet Union furnished by the Webbs in their 1935 best-seller, Soviet Communism, which was praised by Keynes and others, including Trotsky from his exile. This analysis focuses on the couple's assessment of centralized economic planning.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Fabian socialism and central planning : Beatrice Webb's journey to Stalinist Russia. With a summary in English.
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DK Russia. Soviet Union. Former Soviet Republics
H Social Sciences > HX Socialism. Communism. Anarchism
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe)
Date Deposited: 13 Nov 2015 17:38
Last Modified: 13 Nov 2015 17:38
URI: http://webbs.library.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/808

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