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"The power to alter things," 1905-1924

Author: Beatrice Webb; Norman MacKenzie; Jeanne MacKenzie
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1984.
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This volume is the third of a four-volume collection that presents the diaries of English sociologist, economist, socialist and social reformer Beatrice Webb (1858-1943). In her diary Beatrice expressed her desire to write fully and creatively about her life and she kept her diary from 1873 until her death in 1943. In the diary Beatrice records the activities of her daily life, interactions with friends and family,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Diaries
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Webb, Beatrice, 1858-1943.
Power to alter things," 1905-1924.
Cambridge, Mass. : Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1984
(OCoLC)654139885
Named Person: Beatrice Webb; Beatrice Webb
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Beatrice Webb; Norman MacKenzie; Jeanne MacKenzie
ISBN: 0674202899 9780674202894
OCLC Number: 10458305
Description: 460 pages, [8] pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm.
Contents: [volume 3:] Family tree : the Potter sisters and their children --
Introduction : a change in the partnership --
The crime of poverty : November 1905-April 1909 --
A plunge into propaganda : May 1909-May 1911 --
Round the world and back again : June 1911-July 1914 --
The earthquake : August 1914-November 1918 --
A distinct dash of adventure : November 1918-January 1924 --
Chronology --
A short bibliography --
Index.
Responsibility: edited by Norman and Jeanne MacKenzie.

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This volume is the third of a four-volume collection that presents the diaries of English sociologist, economist, socialist and social reformer Beatrice Webb (1858-1943). In her diary Beatrice expressed her desire to write fully and creatively about her life and she kept her diary from 1873 until her death in 1943. In the diary Beatrice records the activities of her daily life, interactions with friends and family, and her most private thoughts and fears. In this third volume of her diary, Beatrice Webb gives us an insider's account of the heady days of British socialism. Appointed to the Royal Commission on the Poor Law, she steps out of Sidney's shadow and into active public life for the first time. Her energetic campaign to not merely alleviate but truly eliminate destitution rallies the reformist middle classes, but the wearing "plunge into propaganda" has a hardening, as well as exhausting, effect. She plans a fresh start after a trip around the world in 1911 with Sidney, and returns further radicalized to a country also in a more radical frame of mind. With her "working partner," she launches the weekly New Statesman, which quickly becomes a monument to justice in public affairs.

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