Originally published in 1918. Whatever one's views no one can deny the endurance or influence of a society in which the Webbs, Shaw, Annie Besant, Wallas, Wells, etc., almost all the 'personalities' of the period, were involved to a lesser or greater extent and which has played such an important part in the oscial thought of England. Yet, so little is known about the society's early history that even in 1916 Pease said that the only sources were 'shabby notebooks and the memories of a few men now rapidly approaching old age.' Since its first publication 'The History of the Fabian Society' by Edward Pease has been increasingly recognized as almost the only contemporary source for the genesis and early development of Fabianism. Twenty-five years as secretary and his presence at the institution of the Society enabled Pease, in a truly Fabian way, to give a valuable survey of the growth of the Society from its days of middle-class 'fellowship' down to the typical solid Fabian workmanship embodied in the Minority Report of the Poor-Law Commission.

Margaret Cole's new introduction evaluates the present-day significance of a book which is indispensable for any student of Labour history.

chapter Chapter I|15 pages

The Sources of Fabian Socialism

chapter Chapter II|9 pages

The Foundations of the Society: 1883–4

chapter Chapter III|23 pages

The Early Days: 1884–6

chapter Chapter IV|26 pages

The Formation of Fabian Policy: 1886–9

chapter Chapter VI|19 pages

“To your tents, O Israel”: 1894–1900

chapter Chapter VII|19 pages

“Fabianism and the Empire”: 1900–1

chapter Chapter VIII|24 pages

Education: 1902–5, and the Labour Party: 1900–15

chapter Chapter IX|22 pages

The Episode of Mr. Wells: 1906–8

chapter Chapter X|27 pages

The Policy of Expansion: 1907–12

chapter Chapter XI|23 pages

The Minority Report, Syndicalism and Research: 1909–15

chapter Chapter XII|23 pages

The Lessons of Thirty Years

chapter Chapter XIII|15 pages

Victory in Sight: 1916–1924

chapter Chapter XIV|30 pages