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A Modern Utopia

H. G. Wells (1866-1946)

1. 00 - Introduction: The Owner of the Voice
2. 01 - Chapter 1: Topographical
3. 02 - Chapter 2: Concerning Freedoms, Sections 1-3
4. 03 - Chapter 2: Concerning Freedoms, Sections 4-7
5. 04 - Chapter 3: Utopian Economics, Sections 1-4
6. 05 - Chapter 3: Utopian Economics, Sections 5-8
7. 06 - Chapter 4: The Voice of Nature
8. 07 - Chapter 5: A Failure in a Modern Utopia, Sections 1-3
9. 08 - Chapter 5: A Failure in a Modern Utopia, Sections 4-8
10. 09 - Chapter 6: Women in a Modern Utopia, Sections 1-4
11. 10 - Chapter 6: Women in a Modern Utopia, Sections 5-6
12. 11 - Chapter 7: A Few Utopian Impressions, Sections 1-3
13. 12 - Chapter 7: A Few Utopian Impressions, Sections 4-7
14. 13 - Chapter 8: My Utopian Self
15. 14 - Chapter 9: The Samurai, Sections 1-3
16. 15 - Chapter 9: The Samurai, Sections 4-5
17. 16 - Chapter 9: The Samurai, Sections 6-8
18. 17 - Chapter 10: Race in Utopia, Sections 1-2
19. 18 - Chapter 10: Race in Utopia, Sections 3-5
20. 19 - Chapter 11: The Bubble Bursts
21. 20 - Appendix, Scepticism of the Instrument

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Summary

H. G. Wells's proposal for social reform was the formation of a world state, a concept that would increasingly preoccupy him throughout the remainder of his life. One of his most ambitious early attempts at portraying a world state was A Modern Utopia (1905). A Modern Utopia was intended as a hybrid between fiction and 'philosophical discussion'. Like most utopists, he has indicated a series of modifications which in his opinion would increase the aggregate of human happiness. Basically, Wells' idea of a perfect world would be if everyone were able to live a happy life. This book is written with an intimate knowledge of former ideal commonwealths and is a conscious attempt to describe a utopia that is not utopian.

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Julie - November 8, 2015

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I'm sorry but the readers of this book make it impossible to enjoy. The First Ladies voice is so high I can't hardly hear her. And the next are so fake I couldn't stand it. I could not get past the first 4 chapters.

Julie

- Review modern utopia

I'm sorry but the readers of this book make it impossible to enjoy. The First Ladies voice is so high I can't hardly hear her. And the next are so fake I couldn't stand it. I could not get past the first 4 chapters.