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Labour's Utopias

Bolshevism, Fabianism, Social Democracy, 1st Edition

By Peter Beilharz


178 pages

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First published in 1992. The collapse of communist rule in Eastern Europe has led to a widespread view that socialism is a dead, or at least dying, force. Labour’s Utopias argues that this assumption is based on the popular conception that socialism’s various traditions are simply different means to a common end. The author looks at three strands of socialism – Bolshevism, Fabianism and German Social Democracy – in order to assess whether this argument is justified, concluding that in fact each has a distinct vision of an ideal future.

This study will appeal to scholars and students of politics, history and socialism, and to all those with an interest in the alternatives to capitalism.

Table of Contents

Preface; Introduction; 1. Socialism, Utopia, Social Theory 2. Bolshevism 3. Fabianism 4. Social Democracy 5. Conclusions; Notes; Bibliographical Note; Index

About the Author

Peter Beilharz (born 13 November 1953, Melbourne, Australia) is an Australian sociologist. He is currently Professor of Culture and Society at Curtin University, Perth, Western Australia. Previously he was Professor of Sociology at La Trobe University, Melbourne. Beilharz is also a co-founder and editor of the international journal of social theory Thesis Eleven published by Sage.

About the Series

Routledge Library Editions: The Labour Movement

This set of 44 volumes, originally published between 1924 and 1995, amalgamates a wide breadth of research on the Labour Movement, including labour union history, the early stages and development of the Labour Party, and studies on the working classes. This collection of books from some of the leading scholars in the field provides a comprehensive overview of the subject, how it has evolved over time, and will be of particular interest to students of political history.

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HISTORY / General