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The Making of British Socialism$
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Mark Bevir

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780691150833

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691150833.001.0001

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Henry Mayers Hyndman

Henry Mayers Hyndman

(p.65) Chapter Four Henry Mayers Hyndman
The Making of British Socialism

Mark Bevir

Princeton University Press

This chapter focuses on H. M. Hyndman, who built what there was of a Marxist movement in Britain. He founded and long dominated the Social Democratic Federation, which was the first socialist society of the 1880s, for many years the largest and most famous Marxist organization in Britain, and the most prominent forerunner of the Communist Party of Great Britain. Hyndman's discovery of Marx provided a scientific basis for his Tory historiography and politics, suggesting that they reflected both the economic laws governing capitalism and the dialectic of history. His Tory inheritance still lingered in his Marxism, inspiring a medievalist historiography, a fear of anarchy, a commitment to statesmanship, and a belief in peaceful social change.

Keywords:   British socialism, H. M. Hyndman, British Marxism, Marxist movement, Social Democratic Federation, Tory, capitalism, medievalist historiography, anarchy, social change

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