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William Morris and the Idea of CommunityRomance, History and Propaganda, 1880-1914$
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Anna Vaninskaya

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780748641499

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748641499.001.0001

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The Middle Ages

The Middle Ages

(p.115) Chapter 4 The Middle Ages
William Morris and the Idea of Community

Anna Vaninskaya

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter discusses the socialist theory of historical evolution, which assumes the resurrection of former ideological formations at a new level. It studies Morris's belief regarding tribal communism and the ‘customary law of the Germanic tribes’, as well as the basis of medieval forms of communal association. Finally, the chapter discusses the discrepancy between the academic and socialist interpretations of medieval society, which became central in the matter of religion.

Keywords:   socialist theory, historical evolution, ideological formations, tribal communism, customary law, Germanic tribes, communal association, medieval society, religion

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