The Fabian Society was founded in 1884, by a group of British intellectuals. Idealistic, enthusiastic and, perhaps, naive, reformers, the Fabian Society was the first major socialist group in the UK. Among its most prominent members were George Bernard Shaw, H.G. Wells, Bertrand Russell, and John Maynard Keynes. The Fabians were instrumental in forming the British Labour Party in 1900. Edward R Pease served as Secretary of the Fabian Society for several decades. This book gives the history of the Fabian Society from its founding, to the First World War.