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This little band of prophets : the story of the gentle Fabians

Fremantle, Anne (1960) This little band of prophets : the story of the gentle Fabians. George Allen and Unwin, London.

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Abstract

"The third current of fin de siècle Socialism, and the most important, was the Fabian doctrine, specially connected with Mr. and Mrs. Sidney Webb. The Fabian Society was founded in 1883. Its name recalls a Roman general whose motto was 'slow but sure'. Eschewing revolution, and intent on the actualities of England at the end of the nineteenth century, Fabians exonerated Socialists from the heavy obligation of reading Karl Marx. Without dogmatising as to the ultimate, future of industrial organisation, they preached practical possibilities, here and now — municipal Socialism and State control of conditions of labour. Equally far from Marx and Morris, they left the New Jerusalem alone, and sought to impregnate the existing forces of society with collectivist ideals. The Fabians became experts in bringing electoral, journalistic and personal pressure to bear on local bodies and on the Liberal or Conservative government of the hour. By the end of the century it is in Fabianism that we find the nearest approach to a body of doctrine directly affecting the laws and administration of the time, like the doctrines of Bentham and Mill in the past. The Fabians were intelligence officers without an army — there was no Fabian party in Parliament — but they influenced the strategy and even the direction of the great hosts moving under other banners." - G.M. Trevelyan: British History in the Nineteenth Century. Longmans Green, London - quoted as if a Preface, p.9.

Item Type: Book
Additional Information: Predominantly about the Webbs, who are excluded from the Index, presumably because mentioned so often.
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HX Socialism. Communism. Anarchism
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe) > JN101 Great Britain
Date Deposited: 12 May 2017 15:04
Last Modified: 12 May 2017 15:04
URI: http://webbs.library.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/900

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