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Shaw, Liberalism, and Marxism, 1905–1950

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/9780813033723.003.0006
Shaw, Liberalism, and Marxism, 1905–1950

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This chapter describes Shaw's attempt to defend Socialism in the changed circumstances of postwar and postrevolutionary politics. Shaw was often accused of unsteadiness by both his friends, of whom Gilbert Murray was one, and his critics. The discussion here continues the history in order to make sense of Shaw's politics in his later years before considering Shaw's politics as a whole, insofar as this can be done, in order to see to what extent his controversial Socialism was consistent. In the earlier years of Shaw's concern with politics, his Socialism had been controversial in the sense that it was neither for Liberalism nor for Marxism; but in the later years there was a development by which his Socialism became controversial as a consequence of the fact that it was for both Liberalism and Marxism.

Keywords: postrevolutionary politics; Socialism; Gilbert Murray; politics

Chapter.  7620 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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