Letters from England, 1895

Eleanor Marx and Edward Aveling
Lawrence & Wishart Ltd (Verlag)
  • erscheint ca. am 15. Oktober 2020
  • Buch
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  • Softcover
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  • 270 Seiten
978-1-912064-43-4 (ISBN)
In 1895, Eleanor Marx and Edward Aveling were two of the best-known socialists in Britain, mixing with the most influential figures of their time, from Keir Hardie to William Morris. The couple were committed to building a socialist political force based on the 'scientific' theories of Eleanor's father Karl and his collaborator, Friedrich Engels.

Marx and Aveling's 'letters' to Russia from England offer a unique perspective on British socialism as it entered its crucial phase, which culminated in the foundation of the Labour Party in 1900. As they reported from the heart of capitalist Britain, a Liberal government fell, having failed to keep its promises to labour. The remainder of the year saw the election of a Conservative-led Unionist administration, an underwhelming general election performance by socialists, and the death of Engels.

These lively, accessible letters include sharp reflections on Victorian cultural figures including Oscar Wilde, Annie Besant, and the 'new woman' novelists. An introductory essay sheds light on the authors' complex, tumultuous life and work together, and reveals the friendships and political connections Karl Marx, Engels and the authors had with prominent Russian revolutionaries. The book will be of interest to students, historians, and all those interested in left politics and movements in Britain.
  • Englisch
  • London
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  • Großbritannien
Lawrence and Wishart Ltd
  • Für höhere Schule und Studium
  • Höhe: 216 mm
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  • Breite: 138 mm
978-1-912064-43-4 (9781912064434)

Tony Chandler has worked for COHSE (the Confederation of Health Service Employees) and UNISON, and he undertakes research into the history of socialism. Stephen Williams has worked for NUPE (National Union of Public Employees) and UNISON, and has written on labour history.
Letter 1: The London School Board and the controversy over religious education. Letter 2: The first parish and district council elections and their impact on rural class power. Letter 3: The London County Council elections and poverty relief. Letter 4: The unemployment commission, prohibition, and the trial of Oscar Wilde. Letter 5: The 1895 general election and the Tory cabinet analysed. Letter 6: The new Unionist Government and the failed electoral tactics of labour. Letter 7: Trade unions and their response to immigration.

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