An Edwardian Mixed Doubles: The Bosanquets versus the Webbs: A Study in British Social Policy 1890…

Hardcover | April 30, 1999

byA. M. McBriar

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This book examines social policy in the Edwardian age in relation to poverty and unemployment - issues which remain at the heart of our social concerns. These are presented through the conflict of ideas between two husband-and-wife teams of social theorists: the fabian socialists, Sidney andBeatrice Webb, and the spokesmen of the Charity Organization Society, the philosopher Bernard Bosanquet and his wife Helen. Their polemics, which began in the early 1890s, culminated at the lengthy inquiries of the Royal Commission on the Poor Laws of 1905-1909, in which Beatrice Webb played amajor part and Helen Bosanquet a so-far unrecognized but equally important role on the other side. Their argument is pursued at many levels, from that of practical social work to philosophical speculation.Based on official sources, personal papers, and primary published material, the book gives a full account of a splendid Edwardian tournament, and challenges some earlier historical commentaries upon it.

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This book examines social policy in the Edwardian age in relation to poverty and unemployment - issues which remain at the heart of our social concerns. These are presented through the conflict of ideas between two husband-and-wife teams of social theorists: the fabian socialists, Sidney andBeatrice Webb, and the spokesmen of the Char...

A. M. McBriar is a Professor of History at Monash University, Australia.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:420 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 1.14 inPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0198201117

ISBN - 13:9780198201113

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'As an exposition of ideas on social policy ... and as a study of an important instrument of social investigation this book has a great deal of interest to offer.'E.P. Hennock, University of Liverpool. Social History of Medicine