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Webb, Sidney, 1859-1947. Great Britain after the war - Image 10. 1916. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. October 20, 2020. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/scpamp/item/2338/show/2263.

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Webb, Sidney, 1859-1947. (1916). Great Britain after the war - Image 10. Socialist and Communist Pamphlets. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. Retrieved from https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/scpamp/item/2338/show/2263

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Title Great Britain after the war
Alternative Title Great Britain after the war, by Sidney Webb and Arnold Freeman; being facts and figures, quotations and queries, suggestions and forecasts, designed to help individual inquirers and study circles in considering what will happen after war with regard to trade, employment, wages, prices, trade unionism, co-operation, women's labour, foreign commerce, the railways, the coal supply, education, taxation, etc. Dedicated to the Workers' educational association
Creator (LCNAF)
  • Webb, Sidney, 1859-1947
Publisher G. Allen and Unwin
Place of Creation (TGN)
  • London
Date 1916
Subject.Topical (LCSH)
  • World War, 1914-1918
  • Economic policy
  • Economics
Subject.Geographic (TGN)
  • United Kingdom
Genre (AAT)
  • pamphlets
Language English
Type (DCMI)
  • Text
Original Item Extent 80 pages; 22 cm.
Original Item Location HC256.2.P27
Original Item URL http://library.uh.edu/record=b8302906~S11
Original Collection Socialist and Communist Pamphlets
Digital Collection Socialist and Communist Pamphlets
Digital Collection URL http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/scpamp
Repository Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries
Repository URL http://libraries.uh.edu/branches/special-collections
Use and Reproduction This item is in the public domain and may be used freely.
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Transcript 8 GREAT BRITAIN AFTER THE WAR. ; ! economic science can tell us of the facts of social life ; nor, unless unthinkable catastrophe overtakes the nation, can there be any complete break of the continuity of its industrial and social development. The first business of the student who would read the riddles of the future is, therefore, to make himself acquainted with what economics has to teach him. Given this knowledge, his task is ^to-apply to new groupings of facts, demonstrated forces and the known tendencies of things. There is perhaps no study at once so fascinating and so tyrannical in the demands that it makes upon the reason and the imagination as this of patiently working out the provisional solutions of problems of which the very formulation must be, as yet, largely speculative. Even the newspaper public is aware that '' things will never be the same again ' ■ — foreign trade, manufacture, agriculture, the relations of capital and labour, the role of the State and that of the Vocational Organisation, the amount and distribution of wealth, the spirit of the people—" everything will be changed." But such negative conclusions are of no use. Of little greater value are vague generalities. It is essential for the constructive thinker to get at some body of detailed conclusions concerning the probable, or alternatively possible, wage and price movements, trade and unemployment conditions, etc., in order that he may work out concrete proposals by which Trade Unions, Cooperative Societies, and the Houses of Parliament can effectively anticipate the countless difficulties that will form the aftermath of the war. It is not the business of the following pages to supply the detailed conclusions that are required, to attempt any dogmatic presentation of the march of events, or to pu+ forward specific solutions of the problems that will confront u»s. Our appeal is primarily to students, whether working individually or in groups—to those willing themselves to undertake "the intolerable toil of thought" in order to prepare themselves to act with intelligence in the critical times ahead. Our aim i/s merely to set before such men and women those " knowns " and " unknowns " in each problem by which their forecasts and remedies must be conditioned; to indicate what facts and figures are available; to suggest alternative interpretations, possible hypotheses, tentative readings of the horoscope; but throughout to sound insisistently one note the note of interrogation ! It is for the student' to take his own opinions (not ours, not his neighbour's, and, above all, not his newspaper's) from his own knowledge and thought, waiting, if need be, till the future gives him a greater accumula- .i%-