Webb, Beatrice (ed. Barbara Drake, Margaret I. Cole)
The Sequel to Webb’s ‘My Apprenticeship’, ‘Our Partnership’ contains details on the wealth of topics that Beatrice and her husband, Sidney, worked on together. She was born in Gloucester in 1858, educated at home by a governess, she also travelled widely and, due to this, gained a keen interest in sociology. Using the valuable resource of her father’s library, studying became a passion, and she soon began to conduct her own sociological investigations. However, it was a time she spent with relatives in Lancashire, that Beatrice had her first glimpse of the working classes and their way of life. In 1913, along with her husband, Beatrice created the New Statesman, which grew to become an incredibly influential publication. They also founded the London School of Economics and Political Science in 1895. The Webbs, together, wrote eleven volumes of work which arguably shaped the way subsequent scholars thought about sociology as well as left-wing politics.
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