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  • Published: 11 June 2010
  • ISBN: 9780141191119
  • Imprint: Penguin Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 236
  • RRP: $27.99

The Origin Of The Family, Private Property And The State




The Origin of the Family, Private Property and the State (1884), was a provocative and profoundly influential critique of the Victorian nuclear family. Engels argued that the traditional monogamous household was in fact a recent construct, closely bound up with capitalist societies. Under this patriarchal system, women were servants and, effectively, prostitutes. Only Communism would herald the dawn of communal living and a new sexual freedom and, in turn, the role of the state would become superfluous.

  • Pub date: 11 June 2010
  • ISBN: 9780141191119
  • Imprint: Penguin Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 236
  • RRP: $27.99

About the Author

Friedrich Engels

Friedrich Engels (1820-95) was the son of a Manchester factory owner. He wrote several groundbreaking essays on contemporary social and political conditions in Britain, including The Condition of the Working Class in England (1845), in which he criticised the working conditions and treatment of the urban poor. After Karl Marx' death, Engels completed and published the last two volumes of Das Kapital (1884, 1894) from his friend's surviving papers.

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