guild socialism

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A short-lived but influential British labour movement. Founded in 1906 by Samuel Hobson, it called for revolutionary change in the organization of British industry through giving workers, organized in monopolistic guilds authorized by the state, control of industry. After World War I it established a National Guild League, which split when many members joined the newly formed Communist Party. Ideological differences followed and the movement had come to an end by 1923.

Subjects: British History.

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