The Webbs' approach to social reform was gradualist; they rejected Marxist theories of class struggle, and believed that socialism would be achieved by a process of ‘permeation’—i.e. the inculcating of socialist ideas into the minds of the power élite in Britain. In the 1930s, however, the Webbs became disillusioned with the progress of socialism in Britain and turned their attention to the USSR, which they visited and found so impressive that in their last substantial book, Soviet Communism: A New Civilisation? (1935), they abandoned their piecemeal approach to political and social change.
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