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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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William Morris

William Morris

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(p.85) Chapter Five William Morris
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The Making of British Socialism
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Mark Bevir

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Princeton University Press
DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691150833.003.0005

This chapter highlights the place of romanticism and Protestantism in William Morris's socialism. His romanticism led him to seek self-realization through an art based on naturalness and harmony. His Protestantism led him to do so in the everyday worlds of work and home. Morris inherited from John Ruskin a sociology that linked self-realization in daily life to the quality of art in a society. Even when Morris turned to Marxism, he still defined his socialist vision in terms of good art produced and enjoyed within daily life. His overriding concern to promote a new spirit of art then led him to a purist rejection of political action.

Keywords:   William Morris, romanticism, British socialism, Protestantism, political action

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