Bernard Shaw and His Contemporaries

Bernard Shaw and Beatrice Webb on Poverty and Equality in the Modern World, 1905–1914

Authors: Gahan, Peter

  • Provides a fascinating new foil through which to view the canon of Shaw's work
  • Devotes attention to Shaw's little-explored attitudes on equality, social justice and political reform
  • Charts the development of the welfare state in the wake of the efforts of Shaw and the Webbs
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This book investigates how, alongside Beatrice Webb’s ground-breaking pre-World War One anti-poverty campaigns, George Bernard Shaw helped launch the public debate about the relationship between equality, redistribution and democracy in a developed economy.

The ten years following his great 1905 play on poverty Major Barbara present a puzzle to Shaw scholars, who have hitherto failed to appreciate both the centrality of the idea of equality in major plays like Getting Married, Misalliance, and Pygmalion, and to understand that his major political work, 1928’s The Intelligent Woman’s Guide to Socialism and Capitalism had its roots in this period before the Great War. As both the era’s leading dramatist and leader of the Fabian Society, Shaw proposed his radical postulate of equal incomes as a solution to those twin scourges of a modern industrial society: poverty and inequality. Set against the backdrop of Beatrice Webb’s famous Minority Report of the Royal Commission on the Poor Law 1905-1909 – a publication which led to grass-roots campaigns against destitution and eventually the Welfare State – this book considers how Shaw worked with Fabian colleagues, Sidney and Beatrice Webb, and H. G. Wells to explore through a series of major lectures, prefaces and plays, the social, economic, political, and even religious implications of human equality as the basis for modern democracy.

About the authors

Peter Gahan is an independent scholar. He graduated in Philosophy from Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland. He has written the book Shaw Shadows: Rereading the Texts of Bernard Shaw (2004), an introduction to the 2006 Penguin edition of Shaw’s Candida and edited the volume Shaw and The Irish Literary Tradition (2010). Having served for several years on the editorial board of SHAW: the Journal of Bernard Shaw Studies, he is currently co-editor of Palgrave Macmillan’s Bernard Shaw and his Contemporaries series.

Table of contents (10 chapters)

  • 1884–1904: Introduction

    Gahan, Peter

    Pages 1-9

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  • 1905: Poverty, Salvation and the Poor Law Commission. Major Barbara

    Gahan, Peter

    Pages 11-18

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  • 1905–9: Noises Off—H. G. Wells Among the Fabians. Votes for Women!

    Gahan, Peter

    Pages 19-45

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  • 1909: The Minority Report. Getting Married and Misalliance

    Gahan, Peter

    Pages 47-62

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  • 1910: Campaign for the Prevention of Destitution. Eugenics and ‘Equality’

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    Pages 63-82

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Bernard Shaw and Beatrice Webb on Poverty and Equality in the Modern World, 1905–1914
Authors
Series Title
Bernard Shaw and His Contemporaries
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-48442-6
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-48442-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-48441-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXVI, 219
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