Standard Name: Webb, Beatrice
Birth Name: Beatrice Potter
Married Name: Beatrice Webb
Indexed Name: Mrs Sidney Webb
Titled: Beatrice Webb, Baroness Passfield
An important and forceful left-wing intellectual (a shaper both of the Fabian Society and of the Labour Party ), BW wrote at the end of the nineteenth century and in the early twentieth century. Her subjects were social issues: for instance, unemployment, and the development of the co-operative movement and of trade unions. She was also (and from the same public-spirited motives) remarkable as a diarist and autobiographer. Almost all her writing on public topics (nearly forty publications, including eighteen monographs) was done in collaboration with her husband, Sidney Webb . So thoroughly are they thought of as one mind that joint biographies of them are more common than individual ones.
|Connections Sort descending||Author name||Excerpt|
|Cultural formation||Amber Reeves||
Born a New Zealander, she clearly regarded herself later in life as English. Her parents were highly educated professionals. Her mother was a suffragist, and both parents became members of the Fabian Society (founded three...
|Education||Emma Frances Brooke|
MH was educated at home throughout her childhood. When she was twenty-one, she was sent to board at a fashionable girls' school
, Stirling House in Bournemouth, to be finished. Here she...
Nord, Deborah Epstein. The Apprenticeship of Beatrice Webb. University of Massachusetts Press, 1985.
|Family and Intimate relationships||Margaret Harkness||
An undated letter to Beatrice Webb further suggests that MH had an affair with an unknown married man.
Bellamy, Joyce M., and John Saville, editors. Dictionary of Labour Biography. Macmillan, 1972.
|Family and Intimate relationships||Constance Lytton||
Constance Lytton's elder sister, Elizabeth Edith (later Countess of Balfour) , became a novelist and a good friend of Beatrice Webb .
As Betty Balfour she published a popular account of...
Matthew, Henry Colin Gray, Brian Harrison, and Lawrence Goldman, editors. Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.
under Elizabeth Edith Balfour
|Family and Intimate relationships||Bessie Rayner Parkes|
|Family and Intimate relationships||Amber Reeves|
|Family and Intimate relationships||Margaret Harkness|
|Friends, Associates||Margaret Harkness|
|Friends, Associates||Julia Strachey|
|Friends, Associates||Emma Frances Brooke|
|Friends, Associates||Amy Levy|
|Friends, Associates||Katharine Bruce Glasier|
12 August 1889
The London Dock Strike began; it aroused widespread sympathy for striking dockers.
A company was set up, largely through the efforts of Henrietta Barnett , for the development of Hampstead Garden Suburb just north of London, as a community including people of all classes and income levels.
Late July 1931
In Britain the confusingly-named May committee responded to escalation both in the international financial crisis and mass unemployment at home, by advising draconian cuts in government expenditure.