The history of the Fabian Society / Edward R. Pease.

Pease, Edward R. (Edward Reynolds), 1857- [Browse]
London : Routledge, 2019.
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Originally published in 1918. Whatever one's views no one can deny the endurance or influence of a society in which the Webbs, Shaw, Annie Besant, Wallas, Wells, etc., almost all the 'personalities' of the period, were involved to a lesser or greater extent and which has played such an important part in the oscial thought of England. Yet, so little is known about the society's early history that even in 1916 Pease said that the only sources were 'shabby notebooks and the memories of a few men now rapidly approaching old age.' Since its first publication 'The History of the Fabian Society' by Edward Pease has been increasingly recognized as almost the only contemporary source for the genesis and early development of Fabianism. Twenty-five years as secretary and his presence at the institution of the Society enabled Pease, in a truly Fabian way, to give a valuable survey of the growth of the Society from its days of middle-class 'fellowship' down to the typical solid Fabian workmanship embodied in the Minority Report of the Poor-Law Commission. Margaret Cole's new introduction evaluates the present-day significance of a book which is indispensable for any student of Labour history.
First published in 1963 by Barnes and Noble, Inc.
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  • Cover; Half Title; Title Page; Copyright Page; Original Title Page; Original Copyright Page; Preface; Preface to the Second Edition; Table of Contents; Introduction; Chapter I: The Sources of Fabian Socialism; Chapter II: The Foundations of the Society: 1883-4; Chapter III: The Early Days: 1884-6; Chapter IV: The Formation of Fabian Policy: 1886-9; Chapter V: "Fabian Essays" and the Lancashire Campaign: 1890-3; Chapter VI: "To your tents, O Israel": 1894-1900; Chapter VII: "Fabianism and the Empire": 1900-1; Chapter VIII: Education: 1902-5, and the Labour Party: 1900-15
  • Chapter IX: The Episode of Mr. Wells: 1906-8Chapter X: The Policy of Expansion: 1907-12; Chapter XI: The Minority Report, Syndicalism and Research: 1909-15; Chapter XII: The Lessons of Thirty Years; Supplementary Chapter XIII: Victory in Sight, 1916-1924; Appendix I; A. On the History of Fabian Economics; B. On Guild Socialism; Appendix II: The Basis of the Fabian Society to 1919; Appendix III: List of the names and the years of office of the 115 members of the Executive Committee, 1884-1924; Appendix IV: Complete List of Fabian publications, 1884-1924, with names of authors; Index.
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