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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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George Bernard Shaw

George Bernard Shaw

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(p.152) Chapter Eight George Bernard Shaw
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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/9780691150833.003.0008

This chapter concerns the famous playwright George Bernard Shaw. Shaw's biographers consistently discuss his debt to Marx, but intellectual historians have found little sign of this debt. It shows how Shaw's Marxism becomes visible if we look for the kind of Marxism found among his contemporaries, as opposed to the kinds of Marxism that became prominent later in the twentieth century. In the mid-1880s, Shaw shared many of the Marxist ideas of the Social Democratic Federation. Even later, after he rejected Marxist economics for marginalism, he continued to defend several Marxist themes in ways that distanced him from the other leading Fabians, most importantly Sidney Webb.

Keywords:   George Bernard Shaw, playwrights, British socialism, Marxism, Sidney Webb, Fabians

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