Syndicalism was another variety of socialism which drew inspiration from Marxian socialism even though it also drew certain elements from Proudhon and anarchism. This variety of socialism was developed by French philosophers like George Sorel and was greatly influenced by the practical working of trade unionism.
No wonder, the Syndicalists attached great importance to the trade unions as an instrument of social revolution as well as unit of a new social order. They regarded the state as unnecessary and asserted that contact between various unions would be maintained through some sort of a federation. Another notable feature of this variety of socialism was its revolutionary character.