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Introduction

James Alexander

in Shaw’s Controversial Socialism

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print August 2009 | ISBN: 9780813033723
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813038117 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5744/florida/9780813033723.003.0001
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This book that argues George Bernard Shaw's Socialism was substantially controversial in the sense that it was a Socialism conceived in the shadow of Marxism and Liberalism. The first four parts of the book deal with Shaw's successive encounters with Marxism and Liberalism in the years between about 1884 and 1904, when he wanted to distinguish Socialism from both Liberalism and Marxism: it sees Shaw the economist, opposing Marxism; the propagandist, opposing Liberalism; the revisionist, opposing Marxism again; and the imperialist, opposing Liberalism again. It also shows Shaw's attempt to defend Socialism in the changed circumstances of postwar and postrevolutionary politics.

Keywords: George Shaw; Socialism; collectivism; anarchism; Liberalism; Marxism

Chapter.  7591 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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