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Marx, Engels and Modern British Socialism

The Social and Political Thought of H. M. Hyndman, E. B. Bax and William Morris


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Origins

  3. Hyndman

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 101-101
  4. Bax

  5. Morris

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 203-203
    2. Seamus Flaherty
      Pages 231-237
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 239-271

About this book


This book is a reception study of Karl Marx’s and Friedrich Engels’ ideas in Britain during the late nineteenth century and a revisionist account of the emergence of modern British socialism. It reconstructs how H. M. Hyndman, E. B. Bax, and William Morris interacted with Marx and ‘Marxism’. It shows how Hyndman was a socialist of liberal and republican provenance, rather than the Tory radical he is typically held to be; how Bax was a sophisticated thinker and highly influential figure in European socialist circles, rather than a negligible pedant; and it shows how Morris’s debt to Bax and liberalism has not been given its due. It demonstrates how John Stuart Mill, in particular, was combined with Marx in Britain; it illuminates other liberal influences which help to explain the sectarian attitude adopted by the Social Democratic Federation towards organised labour; and it establishes an alternative genealogy for Fabian socialism. 


Marxism Victorian John Stuart Mill Social Democratic Federation Fabianism Political theory New liberalism Socialist revival

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.School of HistoryQueen Mary University of LondonLondonUK

About the authors

Seamus Flaherty is an independent scholar. He has taught widely across modern history and the history of ideas, and he has published his research in the History of European Ideas, Modern Intellectual History and The English Historical Review.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Marx, Engels and Modern British Socialism
  • Book Subtitle The Social and Political Thought of H. M. Hyndman, E. B. Bax and William Morris
  • Authors Seamus Flaherty
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2020
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages History History (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-030-42338-4
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-030-42341-4
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-030-42339-1
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages IX, 271
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics History of Britain and Ireland
    Intellectual Studies
    Political History
    Cultural History
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