The British Nationalization of Labour Society and The Place of Edward Bellamy’s Looking Backward In Late Nineteenth-Century Socialism And Radicalism

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This article discusses the British Nationalization of Labour Society (NLS), a group formed in response to the political ideas brought forth by Edward Bellamy’s novel Looking Backward. The article traces the roots of this group in British radicalism in general, and in campaigns for land nationalization and the works of Henry George in particular. The NLS were grounded in a deeply materialist and rationalist worldview and the influence of this on their political ideas and practice is shown. Relationships between the ideas of the British Bellamyites and the ideas of British socialists are also discussed.

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Email: km5@soas.ac.uk

Publication date: January 1, 2004

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