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Lifting the millstones — so spirits can soar

Einsohn, Howard Ira (2017) Lifting the millstones — so spirits can soar. SHAW: The Journal of Bernard Shaw Studies, 37 (2). pp. 342-349. ISSN 0741-5842; e-ISSN: 1529-1480

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Abstract

A book review of 'Bernard Shaw and Beatrice Webb on Poverty and Equality in the Modern World, 1905–1914' by Peter Gahan. "... Gahan expertly charts the origin and development of Shaw's insistence that equality of income for all workforce adults is the sine qua non behind the formation of a just socialist state. Moreover, Gahan situates his nuanced exercise in genealogy within the richly rendered ambiance of a sustained Fabian effort, spearheaded by Shaw and Beatrice Webb, along with her constant spouse-cum-collaborator Sidney, to accomplish two challenging tasks of potentially far-reaching significance: (1) to explicate, for the edification of the ruling authorities and the civilian populace, the crippling nexus between poverty and inequality, as this incapacitating dynamic manifested itself in the opening decades of the twentieth century; and (2) to propose, defend, and advocate correctives that would not only relieve but also prevent the swelling indigent blight that threatened to unravel the social fabric of societies at home and across the globe—be the contemplated reparative means new, modified, or rescinded laws; elicited changes in perceptions, beliefs, or practices; or some amalgam of these factors that would engender a revivified state fashioned along the lines of Fabian socialism. ..." - from introductory paragraph.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: C Auxiliary Sciences of History > CT Biography
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General)
Date Deposited: 09 Jan 2018 12:26
Last Modified: 09 Jan 2018 12:27
URI: http://webbs.library.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/997

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