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Contemporary Thought on Nineteenth Century Socialism

Edited By

Peter Lamb

ISBN 9781138321021
Published December 15, 2020 by Routledge
378 Pages

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Book Description

The third volume includes a range of pamphlets, lectures and other documents which help illustrate the intellectual and political activities and environment which shaped the British mainstream left of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. The early concerns and activities of the Fabian Society since its foundation in the 1880s are illustrated in the selection, as are the concerns, problems, events and opportunities leading to the formation and early development of the Labour Party in the years from the turn of the century to the outbreak of the First World War. Also included are writings of members of the Independent Labour Party (ILP). Formed in the 1890s, the ILP not only became a key player in the formation and early development of the Labour Party but also served as a more radical alternative. The concerns and activities of these two parties and the Fabian Society overlapped one another and some of the key figures of British socialism were members of more than one of these three key organizations. As the volume illustrates, together the Fabians, ILP and Labour constituted the foundations of contemporary British social democracy.

Table of Contents

Volume 3. Fabians, the ILP and the Labour Party


Part 1. Work as it Was and How it Might Be

  1. William Jameson, ‘Why Should London Grow’, Land Lessons for Town Folk, 1896, p. 1-12.
  2. Keir Hardie, Dealing with the Unemployed: A Hint from the Past, Nineteenth Century, article, December, 1904, pp. 1-14.
  3. H. Russell Smart, The Right to Work, Independent Labour Party, c 1908, pp. 3-15.

Part 2. Visions of the Future

  1. Sidney Webb, The Progress of Socialism: A Lecture, c 1888, pp. 3-18.
  2. Fred Hammill, The Claims and Progress of Labour Representation, Labour Literature Society (North England) ca 1894, pp. 3-16
  3. Robert Blatchford, ‘The Need for a Labour Party’, in Britain for the British, 1902, pp. 148-155.
  4. Philip Snowden, The Individual under Socialism: A Lecture, c 1908, pp. 3-14.
  5. Part 3. Concepts of Political Change

  6. Sidney Webb, What Socialism Means: A Call to the Unconverted - A Lecture Delivered for the Fabian Society, 3rd ed, c 1888, p. 2.
  7. Fabian Society, What Socialism Is, (London: Fabian Society, 1890), pp. 1-3.
  8. Sidney Webb, poster for Socialism!: The First of a Course of Four Lectures Will be Given in the Co-operative Hall, High Street, on Tuesday, Nov. 4, 1890 by Sidney Webb, 1890.
  9. R. J. Derfel, On the Importance of Right Methods in Teaching Socialism: A Paper Read to the Manchester and District Fabian Society, February 10th, 1891, pp. 1-15.
  10. Annie Besant and W.J. Nairn, What is Socialism? A Discussion between Mrs. Annie Besant and Mr W. J. Nairn, (Glasgow, SDF, 1892), pp. 1-8.

Part 4. Political Economy

  1. Keir Hardie, Miners' Eight Hours Bill: speech by J Keir Hardie, MP, in the House of Commons, reprinted from The Labour Leader, (London: John Penny, 1902).
  2. Ramsay MacDonald, The New Unemployed Bill of the Labour Party, (London: Independent Labour Party, 1907), pp. 3-15.
  3. Richard Higgs, Socialism and Agriculture, (London: Independent Labour Party 1908), pp. 3-15.

Part 5. Ways of Organizing

  1. Joint Committee of Socialist Bodies, Manifesto of the joint committee of socialist bodies, (London, Twentieth Century Press,1893), pp. 1-8.
  2. Labour Representation Committee, Why We Are Independent, (London: Labour Representation Committee, 1903), pp. 1-4.
  3. Labour Representation Committee, Why is the L.R.C. Independent? (London: Labour Representation Committee, c. 1905).
  4. Labour Party, Labour and Politics: Why Trade Unionists Should Support the Labour Party, (London: Labour Party, 1907).
  5. Keir Hardie, The Party Pledge and the Osborne Judgement, Manchester: The National Press Ltd, 1910, pp. 1-16.

Part 6. Democracy and the State

  1. Ramsay MacDonald, The Law and Trade Union Funds: A Plea for "Ante-Taff Vale", (London: Independent Labour Party, 1903, PP. 3-15
  2. Margaret Bondfield, The Women’s Suffrage Controversy, London: Adult Suffrage Society, 1905, pp. 1-4.
  3. Keir Hardie, The Citizenship of Women: A Plea for Women's Suffrage, fourth edition, (London: Independent Labour Party, 1906), pp. 6-15.

Part 7. The New Religion and the Old

  1. Tom Mann, A Socialist’s View of Religion and the Churches, (London, Clarion, 1896), pp. 1-16.
  2. Robert Blatchford, The New Religion, 2nd edition, (London, Clarion, 1897), pp. 1-12.

Part 8. Gender, Sexuality and Family Relations

  1. Beatrice Webb, Women and the Factory Acts, (London, Fabian Society,1896), pp. 3-15.
  2. H.G. Wells, Socialism and the Family, (London, A. C. Fifield, 1906), pp. 43-60.
  3. H.G. Wells, Will Socialism Destroy the Home?, (London, Independent Labour Party, c.1907), pp. 1-14.
  4. Katharine Bruce Glasier, Socialism and the Home, (London, Independent Labour Party, c.1909), pp. 1-11.
  5. C.M. Lloyd, The New Children’s Charter, (London, Independent Labour Party and Fabian Society, 1912), pp. 3, 6-20.

Part 9. War, Peace and Internationalism

  1. G.H. Perris, Hands Across the Sea: Labour’s Plea for International Peace, (Manchester: The National Labour Press, c 1910), pp. 1-16.
  2. Harry Dubery and Keir Hardie, A Labour Case Against Conscription, (Manchester: The National Labour Press c.1913), pp. 3-14
  3. Henry Noel Brailsford, The Origins of the Great War, (London: Union of Democratic Control, 1914), pp. 3-17

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Peter Lamb is Associate Professor of Politics and International Relations at Staffordshire University, UK.