The Life and Times of Sidney and Beatrice Webb

1858–1905: The Formative Years

  • Royden J. Harrison

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. The Man with No Inside: Sidney Webb 1859–90

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-2
    2. Royden J. Harrison
      Pages 3-36
    3. Royden J. Harrison
      Pages 37-80
  3. The Divided Self: Beatrice Potter 1858–90

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 81-82
    2. Royden J. Harrison
      Pages 83-142
    3. Royden J. Harrison
      Pages 143-169
  4. The Early Years of the Partnership 1890–2

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 171-172
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      Pages 173-214
  5. The Early Work of the Partnership 1890–1905

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 215-216
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      Pages 217-262
  6. Epilogue

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 341-342
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      Pages 343-351
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 352-397

About this book


Sidney and Beatrice Webb are the most important British contributors to the socialist tradition. They had a hand in founding many of the institutions that form the fabric of British society; notably the Fabian society, the Labour Party, the London School of Economics, the New Statesman , the Political Quarterly and Tribune. This is the first authorized biography of the Webbs commissioned by the Passfield Trustees; this life of the 'oddest couple since Adam and Eve' differs from previous studies in considering their literary and institution-building accomplishments and not just their personal idiosyncrasies.


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Authors and affiliations

  • Royden J. Harrison
    • 1
  1. 1.University of WarwickUK

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited 2000
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Palgrave History Collection
  • Print ISBN 978-0-333-96854-3
  • Online ISBN 978-0-230-59806-5
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